Bad news: Facebook and Instagram are both back online. For most of today, those two social media networks (along with the messaging service WhatsApp) were down. Rumors swirled that they were the victim of a major targeted attack, with some sites reporting that vital parts of their code were deleted. So for a while today it seemed like Facebook was maybe gone for good—or at least for an extended period of time. But nope, it’s back, maybe six or seven hours after it first disappeared. Bummer!
We might not be free from the shackles of social media—our productivity and attention spans might still be at risk, and our relatives and almost forgotten high school friends might once again be able to fill their minds with unhealthy and racist nonsense—but at least for a few hours we saw what the world could be like. It mostly looks like Twitter. Because everybody just went over to Twitter for a few hours.
At least some of them told some pretty good jokes about the whole thing over on Twitter. Here are our favorites, the funniest tweets about today’s Facebook and Instagram outages. Dig ‘em, follow everybody who wrote ‘em, and maybe, if we’re lucky, social media will crap itself out again sometime soon—and for a longer period of time.
I just talked to Mark Zuckerberg and he tells me Facebook “is done.” Didn’t feel like doing it anymore apparently it was eating up a lot of his time.
— ‘Weird Alex’ Pareene (@pareene) October 4, 2021
with instagram down, influencers are going to have to go door to door making teenage girls feel like shit about themselves
— Erin Amok Amok Amok Ryan (@morninggloria) October 4, 2021
where will people post screenshots of tweets now
— it’s soup time (@InternetHippo) October 4, 2021
more like The Social Notwork
— Allen Strickland Williams (@TotallyAllen) October 4, 2021
According to Facebook, the only way to fix the FB outage is to cover its servers in horse paste.
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) October 4, 2021
if facebook is down where will I get medical advice from a man sitting in a truck
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) October 4, 2021
lot of top tier vaccine scientists going to have a tough time with their independent research now that facebook is down
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) October 4, 2021
With Instagram down a lot of people must be walking around trying to get people to only look at them from a 40% down angle in person
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) October 4, 2021
Facebook died because it took advice from Facebook
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) October 4, 2021
First, they came for the websites, and I made jokes on the other websites, so it was fine
— donni saphire (@donni) October 4, 2021
I work at Facebook. I’m so sorry pic.twitter.com/19b3eR8CdC
— pj evans (@pjayevans) October 4, 2021
Is anyone else having trouble getting Quibi to load today
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) October 4, 2021
Yeah but, if Instagram is down, who’s gonna constantly try to convince me that my life would be better with lip injections?
— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) October 4, 2021
All you Facebook users whining and moaning about not being able to post well guess what MY president Donald Trump has to feel this pain and emptiness every day
— Hutch (@hutchinson) October 4, 2021
oh instagram is down? sorry I didnt notice. because of books
— broti gupta (@BrotiGupta) October 4, 2021
sources tell gizmodo that mark zuckerberg has made one facebook employee after another put on goggles and jump into the big shaft with all the servers in it
— Tom McKay, the Owner of Ozy (@thetomzone) October 4, 2021
My understanding is that Facebook and Instagram are kept on the same giant computer, whereas Twitter is housed in a different giant computer.
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) October 4, 2021
Instagram’s down so I’m sittin’ on about 30 tankini selfies with nowhere to put that alluring shit. SMDH.
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) October 4, 2021
Since Facebook went down, my aunt has stopped by my house four different times to hand me a printout of a poorly photoshopped meme created by her local radio station.
— Jeff (@usedwigs) October 4, 2021
With Facebook and Instagram down, everyone is getting a taste of what it was like pre-2000 when the only thing you could do at work was your job. It sucked.
— Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe) October 4, 2021
Looks like Facebook finally crashed from everyone doing their own covid research.
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 4, 2021
instagram still down im posting ass on the turbo tax app
— eric curtin (@dubstep4dads) October 4, 2021
OKAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FACEBOOK HAS BEEN DOWN FOR SEVERAL HOURS NOW AND I NO LONGER EVEN KNOW WHAT MY AUNT LINDA THINKS ABOUT THE BIDEN AGENDA
— Alex Blagg (@alexblagg) October 4, 2021