Facebook started off the week with one heck of a blunder, watching all of its services go down worldwide for over six hours. Now, to close out the week, Facebook-owned Instagram had another large-scale outage that lasted multiple hours. People started to notice issues with Instagram not loading or refreshing around 2 p.m. ET, and the problems seemed to be sporadic — but a wave of reports made it clear there was a mojor problem.
Though there were some reports of Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp being down, triggering comments from those who dealt with Monday’s issues, that ended up being more of a coincidence than anything noteworthy. Facebook confirmed the outage and referred to a “configuration change” as the culprit — though this was apparently a different configuration problem than what knocked everything out just a few days ago.
And that much was clear as we assessed the situation today. Unlike Monday’s whole-network outage, this problem with Instagram isn’t a complete blackout; some people were hit, and others had a relatively short delay in getting up-to-date content in their apps.
After the week Facebook just had, things can only get better, right?