Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagramin what appears to be a widespread disruption. The three social networks – all owned by Facebook – started having problems around 6 p.m. 11:40 ET, according to Down Detector, a crowdsourced website that tracks online interruptions. The company’s status tracking site was also down around noon ET.
As is often the case with these interruptions, users flocked to other social networks to notice that these social networks were down. At 12:06 ET, “Instagram and Facebook” was the most popular topic on Twitter in the US, with “WhatsApp” and #instagramdown also gaining ground.
Other trends for Facebook and Instagram quickly dominated elsewhere on the top 30 sites on Twitter’s list.
WhatsApp acknowledged that it had issues in a tweet at. 12:16 ET, and said it “is working on getting things back to normal and posting an update here as soon as possible.” Similar messages was shared on Twitter accounts for Facebook and Facebook Messenger.
It was not immediately clear what caused the problem for the three Facebook-owned properties, or when any of the services might have been restored.
Besides the fact that Facebook’s services and apps are down, some of the company’s internal tools were also allegedly affected at the interruption. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said in a tweet that it felt like a “snow day.“
CNET has contacted Facebook for comments and will update if it responds.