Downdetector, a site that tracks website outages, reported problems with Facebook starting as early as 6.30 am Sunday morning in New York (4 pm in India). The issues affected users in Asia, Europe and the U.S., according to the site. Facebook didn’t returned emails seeking comment on the outage.
The social media networks were back up and running in New York by 9.30.a.m (7pm in India), but irate users turned to Twitter to vent during the blackout.
“Ok... who broke #Facebook?” Dean Miller tweeted from New York. “What is wrong with Facebook,” Kularakkhita asked in a tweet from Thailand. “All Facebook services are down,” said Daniel Chernenkov in Israel.
In late January, the Instagram app crashed, and WhatsApp users worldwide were also unable to send or receive messages. Last month, Facebook faced its most widespread and persistent system outage, with users unable to access the social network for more than 12 hours.
The outages add to the woes of Facebook, already embattled by revelations it has failed to safeguard user data or stanch the spread of hate speech, fake news and other forms of disinformation.