Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Go Down and then top executives go away!

In an ironic twist of fate, Facebook’s key service (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) users flocked to Twitter in an attempt to learn why  the apps seemed broken.

Yesterday (3/14/2019), Around 11 a.m. Eastern Time users began experiencing issue with Facebook’s key services: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The outage lasted for several hours and is possibly Facebook’s longest outage …. Ever!


Eventually Facebook posted the following on Twitter:

“Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.”


To make things more interesting Mark Zuckerberg announced, also yesterday, that Facebook is embarking on a new vision which will allegedly be more security centric and focus more on private messaging as opposed to public sharing.

This new journey has triggered the exit of a few key team members:

“Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does. He has played so many central roles at Facebook — starting as an engineer on our original News Feed, building our first HR teams and helping to define our mission and values, leading our product and design teams, running the Facebook app, and most recently overseeing the strategy for our family of apps. Along the way, Chris has helped train many great leaders who are now in important roles across the company — including some who will now take on bigger roles in our new product efforts.”

Chris Cox

“Chris has also done great work in many roles, including running our business development team, leading, which has helped more than 100 million people get access to the internet, and most recently at WhatsApp, where he has helped define the business model for our messaging services going forward.”

Chris Daniels


That is a lot of activity to all come from Facebook in one day. What are your thoughts? Is this a sign of more turbulence in Facebook’s  future or a legitimate path to a smoother travel for the company?


Matthew Maennche

Chief Strategist

With over two decades of in-the-trenches marketing experience, Matthew Maennche’s views on developing and supporting a successful business are fundamentally different from the norm. As a developer and strategist, Maennche has helped thousands of businesses of all sizes, both domestic and international, take their organizations to the next level.

Matthew also spends time giving back to the local business community as a volunteer, mentor, and leader for the local chapter of SCORE.