Yesterday’s World Wide Social Media Outage


Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all experiencing issues yesterday morning for users worldwide. Facebook and Instagram were both inaccessible, with news feeds refusing to refresh and the main domain unavailable for more than two hours.

WhatsApp messages were also unable to be sent or received, and users of Facebook’s main services (Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp) headed to Twitter to share that they were having issues. Messenger, Facebook’s chat service, was also down for more than two hours.


The outages appear to have started at around 10:00 AM (CAT) yesterday morning, and some locations were more widely affected than others.

“Yesterday early in the morning, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps,” says a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience.”

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all started to come back online at around 14:00PM (CAT)  in the afternoon.

Facebook’s issues come just a month after Facebook experienced its worst outage ever. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram were all inaccessible for hours last month, and it wasn’t until over 24 hours later that Facebook finally gave the all clear. Facebook blamed a “server configuration change,” and apologized for the outages.

Source : The verge


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Matshepo is a Junior Journalist at OStudio Post.

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