The outage tracking site, Down Detector, recorded tens of thousands of reports for each of the services. The Facebook site itself would not load at all for about an hour on Monday; Instagram and WhatsApp were accessible, but they could not upload new content or send messages.
The reason for the interruption was not immediately clear. A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN Business.
The disruption came in the morning after “60 Minutes” aired a segment in which Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed the company is aware of how its platforms are used to spread hatred, violence and misinformation. , and that Facebook has tried to hide this evidence. Facebook has rejected these claims.
The interview followed weeks of reporting and criticism on Facebook after Haugen published thousands of pages of internal documents in regulators and the Wall Street Journal. Haugen will testify Tuesday before a Senate subcommittee.
Shares of Facebook fell more than 5% on Monday in the noon endowments, which set the pace for the worst trading day in nearly a year.