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:
— Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017
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?