Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Worldwide users complained about glitches and crashes.

April 14, 2019 21:11
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A photo illustration shows the applications Facebook and Instagram on the screen of an iPhone

A photo illustration shows the applications Facebook and Instagram on the screen of an iPhone. (photo credit: ANTONIO BRONIC/ REUTERS)


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Facebook Inc. said it restored services on Sunday after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp.

However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages.

"Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we're sorry for any inconvenience," a Facebook spokesman told Reuters.

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram, all of which belong to Facebook, were reportedly not working as of Sunday afternoon.

Whatsapp users from around the world reported that they cannot send or receive messages. Instagram users reported that they cannot upload to their stories or photos, and Facebook was having general glitches on the platform.

All systems work off of the Facebook servers, which have experienced several crashes in the past couple of months.

 Facebook outage map  (Credit: Screenshot Downdetector)

In March, Facebook crashed for two days, affecting both WhatsApp and Instagram. Logging into the network was found to be impossible for all users. BBC called it "the most severe outage in its history," noting that the last time Facebook was disrupted on such a scale was in 2008.

 Facebook outage map (Credit: DownDetector screenshot)

During the March crash, Facebook had notified its users via Twitter that they were "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." However, no such message was released as of yet during the most recent crash.

Ben Bresky contributed to this report.

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