Facebook and Facebook companies WhatsApp and Instagram are currently experiencing a massive outage, and all three sites and services are down and unreachable. We are reporting this on Monday, 10/4/2021. According to our sources, this is the result of a failure in DNS resolving as it should.
Having all three services, some of on which many, many people and businesses rely, go down at once points to just one of the many problems that are inherent with an online services company getting so big that it starts gobbling up other services like Pacman gobbles up dots. Will this sort of situation finally prove that Facebook is growing too big, or will it prove that Facebook is “too big to fail”? Curiously, this outage comes on the heels of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealing just last night, on 60 Minutes, that “Facebook’s algorithm intentionally shows users things to make them angry,” as Gizmodo puts it. And of course just a few days ago we told you about how Instagram makes teen girls feel bad about their bodies and the evidence that Facebook knows and has known about that fact.
So, has someone intentionally sabotaged the DNS system to take Facebook down?
DNS is the Domain Name System. You can think of the DNS system as sort of analogous to Caller ID coupled with a routing system. Where Caller ID translates an incoming telephone number to a name, the Domain Name System translates between IP addresses and, well, domain names. So, when you type in “theinternetpatrol.com”, for example, DNS translates it to the IP address 18.104.22.168, which is the IP address to which the computer on which The Internet Patrol resides is connected. Then through the magic of DNS, your computer is routed to the Internet Patrol’s website, as our domain is hosted at the IP address 22.214.171.124.
DNS is really important stuff, and when it’s down, or set up incorrectly, it can cause these massive problems. You may recall when Pakistan accidentally triggered a worldwide YouTube outage when it had an oopsie with DNS.
Tweeted Instagram’s communications account, in an understatement almost as massive as the outage, “Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it!”
Facebook also is downplaying the severity of the issue, tweeting “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Is this outage interfering with your operations, or heck, life? Let us know which service and how it’s impacting you!