Did you notice that one or all of Facebook’s family apps (Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram) were down at one point yesterday? You are not alone because Facebook suffered the most severe outage in its history yesterday.
Facebook’s main products, its two messaging apps (WhatsApp, Messenger and its image-sharing platform Instagram) were all affected by the outage and many users all around the world were unable to access them.
Facebook’s main service appeared to load, but users were unable to carry out basic activities like posting, reacting to posts, sending messages etc. Those on Instagram were not able to refresh feeds or post new materials and WhatsApp users experienced issues with sending messages and voice notes.
However, after about 10 hours of outage, the social media sites were all back online.
Although the cause of the interruption has not yet been made public, the social media giant turned to Twitter to acknowledged the glitch on it platforms. It also noted that “the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.” Facebook said in a statement on Twitter.
A Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) is a type of cyber-attack that involves flooding a target service with extremely high volumes of traffic.
Facebook Continues to have Outages
The latest outage is estimated to have started at about 4 pm yesterday. Reports have it that the last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users – compared to its 2.32bn monthly active users today.
Its messaging platform, WhatsApp also experienced a major outage in most parts of the world earlier this year.
Users were quick to drop a barrage of jokes/memes on Twitter about the outage using the #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown hashtags.
Users who run “Facebook-centric” jobs were quick to express their panic.
We can only hope the social media giant puts in efforts to ensure chances of future outages are reduced to the barest minimum.
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