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Today has been a rough day for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Oculus, and Messenger, as all the services are down. And to make things weirder, somehow Facebook.com is now listed for sale, though that’ll be resolved at some point soon, we’re assuming.

Update, 10/4/21 6:52 pm Eastern: After being down for roughly 6 hours, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and the company’s other services have come back online. Although the social network hasn’t confirmed the cause for the outage, many believe it was caused by a bad Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, update.

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Is Facebook.com Down?

According to Down Detector, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR, all owned by Facebook, started suffering from outages at around 11:40 am ET.

For its part, WhatsApp acknowledged the issue on Twitter. It said it was “working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.”

The social network had to take to Twitter, a rival social network, to say, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

But Facebook.com Is For Sale?!

Major websites being attacked and shut down is nothing new. But where this one gets interesting is that someone managed to nuke the DNS A and AAA records for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, meaning the domain names are listed as available, according to Chad Loder on Twitter.

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We also verified that the domain was available via DomainTools, and you can see it for yourself here.

Obviously, you won’t be able to purchase Facebook, as it’s likely that the DNS was just hijacked, and everything will be restored to normal at some point shortly.

Either way, this has been a rough day for Facebook and its services, and people everywhere are experiencing incredible boredom without access to their favorite social network.

Update, 10/4/21 3:13 pm Eastern: As expected, Facebook.com isn’t actually for sale. The Mac Observer reached out to GoDaddy, the company that owns Uniregistry Market, and it said, “A third-party who doesn’t own Facebook.com attempted to list it for sale on Uniregistry.com and we inadvertently included it in search results. Because the third-party didn’t own or control the domain, it was never at risk of being sold and it remains with the current owner. The listing has been removed and is completely unrelated to any platform issues Facebook may be experiencing.”

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