Facebook, Instagram offline in North America, Europe

Facebook outage began around 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 11. Issue is primarily affecting U.S. East and West coasts.

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WASHINGTON, October 11, 2017 – Can’t access your Facebook account or your Instagrams this morning? Neither can we. Now we know why. Deadline has just posted the following information:

“Talk about inopportune timing. At the same moment the company faces intense scrutiny from government officials and regulators over its role in spreading false news reports and enabling attacks on the electoral system, Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary are suffering widespread outages today.

“The details are still emerging, but since just after 11 AM ET, portions of the U.S. (in particular, the East and West Coasts) and Europe have seen the social platforms go dark. The hashtag #facebookdown was trending on Twitter, with users alternately panicking and making light. ‘Facebook Outage: America Resorts to Old-Fashioned Stalking,’ one wag commented.”

Here’s a Twitter post, with timing and stats:

Deadline further notes

“SocialFlow, a service tied to Facebook, tweeted that the social media platforms are experiencing ‘lag’ but ‘expects resolution soon.’”

Lag? The most we’ve been able to get this morning is Facebook’s top menu line before the pageload totally dies.

There’s no further word yet on the current problem from either Facebook, its quick-on-the-draw commenters or the usual legion of Internet trolls. But we’d expect some kind of resolution to the issue from Facebook later this afternoon, likely in line with “expecting resolution soon.”

That said, it would be even more interesting to find out exactly what caused the outage and why. Russian hackers, maybe?


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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17