Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus, all suffer from domain name trouble that must be hard to fix, being offline for hours.
Update: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp appear to be coming back online now. The original story follows below.
Facebook is continuing to have one of its longest outages in recent history, remaining offline worldwide for hours. The source of the problem is still being determined, though some clues have come to light recently. Being among the largest social media networks, the effect is being felt by millions.
With nearly 3 billion active Facebook users, the social network is larger than many countries and connects people and businesses all across the globe. Any outage has an impact on personal communication as well as business activity, with many small businesses relying on Facebook to grow their brand image and generate sales.