Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is currently experiencing an outage affecting several of its apps. A cursory glance on Down Detector shows that Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are experiencing outages. However, reports seem to be decreasing, indicating things are improving. WhatsApp appeared to be unaffected by the outage.
It seems that the outage affected users’ ability to send messages, with DMs not going through.
This would be the third time in just one month that the apps are down, including a massive outage in early October that knocked Meta’s services out for nearly six hours.
The outage was addressed by the Instagram and Messenger accounts, the latter of which indicated that services should be in the process of recovering.
After the first two outages in early October, Instagram announced that it was launching an “outage alert” feature that would inform users in their activity feed if there are any technical difficulties affecting the app. The feature is currently being tested over a few months, presumably to a small group of users on iOS and the best Android phones, but will be expanded to more people “if it makes sense to.”
It would seem like it makes sense.
Meanwhile, it seems we may not be out of the woods just yet, but the situation seems to be improving.