Facebook down conspiracy theories as employees ‘can’t even enter building’

Facebook has suffered a major worldwide outage tonight with no signs on the social media platform springing back into life.

The extent of the problem is so severe that even Facebook employees are reportedly unable to access buildings as their passes don't work.

WhatsApp and Instagram are also down.

What has happened to Facebook is not known, but it's more likely to be human error than a 'hack' although it hasn't stopped the conspiracy theories swirling.

Mike Sington said: "Facebook, as well as WhatsApp and Instagram owned by Facebook, are all down.

"Coincidence, after whistleblower levels major bombshells against Facebook or major hack taking them down?"

Commenting on the outage, Ari on Twitter said: "How is WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook all down at the same time like – how does that make sense?"

Issues began at 4.55pm BST and it is thought the outage was caused by changes made to the social media giant's web system, reports Express.

Facebook made a series of updates to its border gateway protocol which caused it to disappear from the web directory, thus sparking the outage minutes later.

Trend aggregators suggest outages across all three major platforms began at similar times, although none of the platforms have reported being hacked.

Meanwhile, tech reporter Sheera Frenkel tweeted: "Was just on phone with someone who works for FB who described employees unable to enter buildings this morning to begin to evaluate extent of outage because their badges weren’t working to access doors."

And head of Intagram Adam Mosseri said: "Them fighting words… but it does feel like a snow day."

WhatsApp said: "We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment.

"We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.

"Thanks for your patience!"

Facebook also added: "We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook app.

"We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Instagram said: "Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them.

"Bear with us, we’re on it!"

Cyber security specialist Jake Moore said there is a "chance" the issue could be related to a cyber attack.

He told the PA news agency: "There have been many reports and I'm struggling to find out exactly what has happened- I'm reading it could be DNS related, which means there is an issue with the connection not knowing where to go to your device.

"It could well be a human error or a software bug lurking in the shadows but whatever it is Facebook needs to do its best to mitigate the problem of causing more panic about this.

"The biggest problem is fears over a cyber attack but as we saw from Fastly in the summer I would hedge my bets on that not being the case as we're talking about one of the biggest companies in the world, but there's always a chance."

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