Facebook and Instagram Outage: A Quick rundown


Facebook and Instagram Outage: A Quick rundown

On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, users of Facebook and Instagram, both owned by Meta Platforms, experienced a significant outage. This event led to widespread disruptions, with users reporting being logged out of their accounts and unable to log back in.

The Outage

At around 3:30pm GMT, users worldwide began reporting issues with Facebook and Instagram. The problems ranged from being unable to refresh feeds to complete login failures. The outage was widespread, affecting hundreds of thousands of users globally.

The outage was caused by a technical issue. Unusually, the issues coincided with login problems on Google’s platform, suggesting a common cause between the outages at two tech conglomerates who largely control their own infrastructure. Meta’s business status page reported a number of disruptions, including “major disruptions” for the group’s admin center, as well as for Facebook login.

The Impact

The outage had a significant impact due to the sheer number of people who rely on these platforms for communication, business, and entertainment. With Facebook’s vast user base, even a short-term disruption can have far-reaching effects.

The outage had a significant impact on users globally. At the peak of the outage, there were more than 550,000 reports of disruptions for Facebook and about 92,000 for Instagram. Several employees of Meta said on anonymous messaging app Blind that they were unable to log in to their internal work systems.

The Resolution

Meta Platforms was quick to acknowledge the issue and assured users that they were actively working to resolve it. By the evening of the same day, Meta announced that they had resolved the issue. In a statement, Meta Communications Director Andy Stone said, “Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have difficulty accessing some of our services. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience”.

Speculations on the Cause

While Meta did not identify the specific technical issue that caused the outage, there were various speculations. Some suggested a cyberattack or undersea data cable sabotage, but the most plausible explanation seemed to be overwhelming traffic from millions attempting to log back in simultaneously. However, it’s important to note that these are speculations, and the exact cause remains undisclosed by Meta.

Andy Stone, Meta spokesperson, has said that the problem is resolved. In a post on its official account, Meta has apologized to users and thanked them for their patience. “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our services. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience,” a spokesperson for Meta said in a statement.


While outages like these are relatively rare, they underscore the reliance of millions of users on these platforms and the potential impact of disruptions. It also highlights the importance of robust and resilient systems to ensure continuity of service. As users, staying informed about such events helps us better understand the digital world we increasingly inhabit.

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