Facebook, Messenger and Instagram all CRASH leaving thousands of users unable to log into social media sites
- Facebook, Messenger and Instagram have stopped working for some users
- DownDetector logged thousands of complaints from just after 9:30am UK time
- Thousands of people across the UK have been left unable to send messages
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram have all stopped working for some users this morning.
The Facebook-owned social media apps went down at around 09.30 GMT, according to the website Downdetector, which monitors online outages.
Users are unable to send messages and are being flashed an error message which says the app is ‘waiting for network’.
More than half (52 per cent) of reported issues with Messenger are related to sending and receiving messages whereas the main Facebook site’s biggest reported problem is total blackout, accounting for 41 per cent of problems.
It is currently unknown what is causing the issue and how long it will last. Not all users are affected.
Downdetector shows thousands of people have reported issues with Facebook Messenger. More than half (52 per cent) of reported issues with Messenger are related to sending and receiving messages
This heatmap shows the concentration of user complaints posted online regarding problems with facebook Messenger. The problems are focused in Europe with some problems also coming from eastern Asia and Australia
‘We are aware that some people are having trouble sending messages on Messenger, Instagram and Workplace Chat,’ a Facebook spokesperson told MailOnline.
‘We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.’
Facebook’s private messaging app, Messenger, appears to be facing the most significant issues, with the majority of reports coming from the UK and Europe.
Instagram and Facebook are experiencing complaints in the hundreds, but Messenger is suffering thousands, according to Downdetector.
Frustrated users have taken to Twitter, the last remaining vestige of mainstream social media not yet owned by Mark Zuckerberg, to share their anger.
One user wrote: ‘Either Facebook messenger is down on my phone or my wifi is extremely poor this morn. Let me text my friends back!’
Others quipped that due to the wide-reach of Facebook-owned apps they were left cut off and also had nothing to entertain themselves with.
WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, does not appear to be affected.
One Twitter user called ‘I’mChicken’ said: ‘I’m here in twitter because facebook and messenger is own #fcebookmessengerdown’
Another user called Mike Covell, a historian, said: ‘#FacebookDown If you need me send a carrier pigeon.’
Sophie Hughes used Twitter to joke that with the apps offline, she may be forced to call people. ‘How will i cope?’ she adds.
The connectivity problems come mere hours after the tech giant was slapped with two huge lawsuits in the US.
Federal regulators the FTC filed a lawsuit against the company and so too did a coalition of 56 states, Washington DC and Guam and as a result Facebook could be forced to sell Facebook and Instagram.
The suit filed on Wednesday, spearheaded by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accuses Facebook of illegally acquiring its competitors in a ‘predatory’ manner in order to dominate the market and running an illegal monopoly.
‘For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals, snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,’ said James.
Facebook targets competitors with a ‘buy or bury’ approach: if they refuse to be bought out, Facebook tries to squeeze every bit of oxygen out of the room for these companies,’ her office said.
The Federal Trade Commission accuses Facebook of ‘squelching’ the threat from WhatsApp and Instagram – an attitude reflected in a 2008 email by Zuckerberg which said ‘it is better to buy than compete’.
The action by both Democratic and Republican officials highlights the growing political consensus to hold Big Tech accountable, and comes weeks after the Department of Justice launched a suit against Google which accused the $1trillion firm of using its market power to fend off rivals.
How century-old antitrust laws could break up Facebook
The lawsuit filed by 46 attorneys general is based on two century-old antitrust laws which were seen as hallmarks of the Progressive Era and once used to break up oil and railroad monopolies.
The Sherman Act of 1890 was used by President Theodore Roosevelt in his ‘trust-busting’ drive in the early 20th century, while the Clayton Act of 1914 strengthened the anti-monopoly laws.
Standard Oil, the American Tobacco Company and the Northern Securities railroad company were among the companies broken up by federal action in those years.
Today, the laws are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, while state attorneys general can also bring lawsuits under the federal laws.
In some investigations, a ‘state attorney general may cooperate with federal authorities’, the FTC says.
In 1998, the federal government sued Microsoft under the antitrust laws, a case which ended in a settlement.
The new case filed by the 46 states accuses Facebook of ‘unlawful monopoly maintenance’ in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act.
This makes it illegal to ‘monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several states, or with foreign nations’.
The legal filing also alleges that the purchases of WhatsApp and Instagram are unlawful under Section 7 of the Clayton Act.
This prohibits mergers and acquisitions where the effect ‘may be substantially to lessen competition, or to tend to create a monopoly’.
The Facebook filing filing calls for the ‘divestiture’ of what it calls ‘illegally acquired businesses’ from the social media giant.
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