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Facebook logo on a Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

Update, Oct 8 (18:00 ET): Instagram is back up

What you need to know

  • Facebook's apps and services are reportedly down again, particularly Instagram.
  • The company is aware and working to fix the problem.
  • This comes just after a massive outage took Facebook's platform down earlier this week.

Facebook can't seem to get it together. After dealing with a massive outage earlier this week that left its services unusable for nearly six hours, the company is dealing with yet another outage affecting its apps, including Instagram.

It's unclear how widespread the problems are for each particular app, but Downdetector has shown an increase in reports across Facebook's services.

The company is aware that users are facing issues with its apps and says that it's working quickly to get service restored.

Of course, that was the same exact response the company gave on Monday at the onset of its massive six-hour outage.

Earlier this week, Facebook blamed its outage on faulty configuration that even took down its internal services, making it difficult to address the problem. The company later apologized for the outage, recognizing how many people rely on its services globally for business and communication.

With any luck, Facebook learned from its earlier outage and its services won't be out for very long. Things seem to be gradually improving by the look of things on Downdetector, but we'll be on the lookout for official word from Facebook.

That said, it doesn't paint a great picture for the company after leaving so many in the dark just days ago.

Update, Oct 8 (18:00 ET) ― Facebook says services are back up

Facebook has issued an update, stating that its services have been restored and apologizing for the inconvenience.

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