Global customers are suffering disruptions on Facebook, as well as all of the company’s social networks, including Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. When visiting these websites, a server error will occur – Instagram displays a “5xx server error,” indicating that there is a problem with Facebook’s servers. Users are also unable to send messages or load new material on these platforms’ mobile apps. Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality platform, and Workplace, the company’s workplace communication tool, are also unavailable.

The outage appears to be caused by a DNS (domain name server) failure – this is the naming system that creates the web’s backbone. So, if you try to browse to facebook.com right now, the internet will be unable to locate it.

The trillion-dollar corporation, with 2.9 billion monthly active users, has been out for at least an hour and counting. Simultaneously, Facebook’s stock has fallen by roughly 5.5 percent. This follows a recent decline in the stock as Facebook faces investigation in the United States Senate following the release of internal information to the Wall Street Journal by whistleblower Frances Haugen.