A peaceful Sunday was interrupted for social media users across the world today as Facebook’s network of sites became unavailable in a number of areas. According to hundreds of complaints on Twitter—the go-to forum for people who can’t access Facebook—the outage appears to be affecting Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
A map on DownDetector.com shows the outage is spread across the northeastern United States and Europe. Comments on the website also included complaints from users in Asia and Africa.
I reached out to Facebook for comment and will update if I hear back.
This is the second major outage on the Facebook network in recent weeks. Just a month ago, the company experienced what some described as its worst outage ever, stirring rumors of a DDoS attack, which the company denied.
What’s bad for Facebook can be good for other social networks, however. During the last outage, the private messaging service Telegram enjoyed a boost of about 3 million users.