Facebook and Instagram have reportedly crashed for the second time this week.
It’s been a tumultuous week for Facebook and Instagram as users on both platforms have reported outages. This is the second time the platforms have apparently crashed following the global outage that took place on October 4.
Users once again flooded Twitter to react to the outage, with memes pouring in at epic proportions.
Downdector, a platform that monitors when websites have crashed around the world, revealed that 17,273 reports of outages were made on Instagram at around 7:30 pm UK time.
Facebook was apparently down for many users as well, as Downdetector had received 765 reports from users.
The last time both platforms crashed was on October 4, which resulted in a seven hour blackout on both Facebook, Instagram and other websites connected to the media giant.
After Facebook crashed earlier this week, he social media giant apologised to ‘all the people and businesses around the world who depend’ on it and for the ‘inconvenience’ the outage caused. It reassured the public that it had been ‘working hard to restore access’ and that the systems were now indeed ‘back up and running’.
It explained that the ‘underlying cause’ of the six-hour crash were ‘configuration changes’ to routers, which ‘impacted many of the internal tools and systems’ that are used in ‘day-to-day operations’.
Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.