Facebook, Instagram outages end; Were you logged out?

Social media was hit by a storm on Tuesday, March 5, with Facebook and Instagram mysteriously going down.

Users were conspicuously logged out from their accounts and were unable to log in. Those with higher security such as two-factor authentication were unable to get in.

The disruptions started around 10:00 am ET, with more than 300,000 reports of outages for Facebook and about 40,000 reports for Instagram, according to the website, Reuters reported.

“We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now,” Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said in a post on X social media.

Meta’s status dashboard showed the application programming interface for WhatsApp Business also facing issues. There were around 200 reports of outages for WhatsApp on Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including users.

The outage was among the top trending topics on X, formerly Twitter, with several users saying they had suddenly been logged out of the Meta-owned social media platforms.


Facebook is back online roughly around 11:25 a.m. ET on March 5, 2024