the social network suffers the worst outage in its history, WhatsApp and Instagram also affected
Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp all crashed last night as the social media giant suffered the worst outage in its history.
Facebook, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, started operating again in the early hours of this morning, but Instagram has remained down with users unable to log in. Facebook users have complained that they can’t post new posts or like other people’s posts.
The pages remained visible, but could not be updated.
Problems remain. WhatsApp users complain that they can’t send picture messages, for example.
A Facebook spokesperson said The sun: “We are aware that some people are currently having difficulty accessing the Facebook family of applications.
“We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. “
According to Stocking detector website, which records such outages, most complaints (35%) indicated there was a total Facebook blackout, closely followed by issues with the news feed (33%) and connection problems (30%).
Instagram users reported issues with the news feed (56%), connection (28%), and service in general (14%).
The issues have affected users around the world, from the UK and Europe to the US, South America and Asia.
According to Facebook’s status page, the platform is currently “healthy”, although anecdotal evidence says otherwise. Facebook’s website claims the outage is related to “required maintenance,” although it doesn’t give more details.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are among the most popular mobile applications in the world. Facebook alone has over 2 billion users, while the Instagram app is used by over a billion people every month.
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg presented a bold new vision for the future of Facebook. Instead of relying on people sharing content publicly, it will pivot to focus on privacy, with the main offering being encrypted messages shared between groups of people, much like WhatsApp.
Although questions remain: will Facebook as we know it cease to exist? Or will it work as an add-on service? And how will Facebook fund this new direction, given that the current one is based on people giving up their privacy to advertisers? I hope we will have answers soon.