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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down for millions of users – and some report issues with Twitter too

London, ENGLAND – October 5, 2021: 9.20am (thesun): WHATSAPP, Facebook, and Instagram have gone down for millions of users in a massive global outage, while Twitter and Gmail users were similarly affected.

Problems with the services, which are all owned by Facebook, began around 4:45pm BST (11:45am ET), according to online outage trackers, while, the Twitter situation emerged a few hours later.

Hundreds of thousands of people have reported issues with the social networking apps on the website DownDetector.

GoogleAmazon, Spectrum, Verizon, TwitterSnapchatTikTokAppleTelegram, and Cricket Wireless were also reporting outages. It’s not immediately clear if all of these tech issues are connected.

Tinder was also reported to be experiencing issues as of 3.37pm ET, Downdetector reported, leaving singletons in the lurch, while Twitter users were also apparently affected from around 3.29pm ET.

Many Americans are or were unable to access the smartphone apps and websites of the hugely popular services. Gmail outages were also reported within the past hour.

What apps were affected?

  • Facebook & FB Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • T-Mobile / TMBLE Metro
  • Spectrum
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Google
  • Cricket Wireless
  • Amazon
  • Telegram
  • Apple
  • TikTok
  • Snapchat

Those attempting to open the sites on a desktop are reportingly being met with a black, white page and a message that reads “500 server error.”

The iOS and Android versions of the Instagram and Facebook apps will open but will not load users’ feeds or show them new content.

WhatsApp messages are not reaching their recipients, with sent texts sitting with a clock icon next to them to indicate that they haven’t been dispatched.

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