Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, went offline for a few hours

Yolanda Curtis
April 17, 2019

Facebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp.

On Sunday morning, many people were forced to do what they dread most - interact with other people - in real life!

A Facebook spokesperson apologised for any inconvenience caused.

WhatsApp users were unable to received or sent messages, while the main website Facebook as well as Instagram were both inaccessible. A Facebook representative told the media that prior today, a few people may have experienced difficulty interfacing with the group of applications.

The downtime was from 11:30 to 14:50 BST, before Facebook was able to resolve the connection issues.

"Confirmed: Analysis of global network data shows Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger down globally for an estimated 60 percent of users; incident ongoing #FacebookDown", cybersecurity firm NetBlock.org tweeted.

Downdetector.com's live outage map showed the issues mainly cropped up in Europe and Asia. Dean Miller tweeted from NY. This affected Instagram and WhatsApp services, along with the Facebook Chat.

It is also not clear how many users were impacted by the outage, but according to Downdetector.com, a Web site which monitors outages, yesterday there were more than 9 000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook.

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