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After an hours-long outage, Facebook and Instagram are back online

Written by on October 4, 2021

Facebook appeared to have resolved networking issues that caused the company’s flagship app to be unavailable for more than six hours on Monday.

According to monitoring service DownDetector, users of Facebook’s sister applications, Instagram and WhatsApp, reported an increase in account access issues around 11:35 a.m. ET Monday—rendering all three applications inoperable.

The company, which has come under fire for allegedly putting profit over safety, acknowledged the outage in a tweet but did not provide an explanation for why its websites and applications were unavailable.

After resolving network issues, Facebook apologized via Twitter, posting, “to the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry.”

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, apologized for the outage, blaming it on unspecified “networking issues.”

The outage occurs just one day after “60 Minutes” aired an interview with a whistleblower who claimed Facebook is aware of how it amplifies hate, misinformation, and unrest but conceals its knowledge.

Facebook has vehemently denied the allegations.