Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have done well to recover from a global outage to get back to business. On Wednesday, people across the world had a harrowing time trying to see and download photos on all these platforms. Further, people couldn’t also post pictures on Instagram, update their status on Facebook and WhatsApp and follow links.
Acknowledging the issue, Facebook tweeted, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Instagram quickly followed suit, saying “We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Throughout Wednesday, Twitter became a mouthpiece for people’s ire, who used several hashtags, such as #facebookdown, #instagramdown, and #whatsappdown, to vent.
The company on Thursday announced the resumption of services in the same way by tweeting, “Earlier today, some people and businesses experienced trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps and platforms. The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”
Incidentally, this is not the first instances of Facebook and associated online social media platforms malfunctioning. In April this year, all three platforms were down across the world. However, the biggest outage happened in March 2019, when these remained affected for over 24 hours. Despite solving Wednesday’s issue, Facebook has offered no explanation for the event, though experts believe that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack could be behind this.