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Outage hits Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram users: Are we under attack, netizens ask

The last time there was a Facebook outage of such magnitude was in 2008 when the company had 150 million users, compared to 2.3 billion monthly users today

Pranav Hegde
Facebook issued a maintenance notice on its login page during the outage
Facebook issued a maintenance notice on its login page during the outage

Social media users got a glimpse of the "apocalypse" when Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services went down last night. Globally, users reported that apps owned by the California-based company were down for a long time; one of the most severe outages in Facebook’s history.

Users reported that the outage began at 16.00 GMT (9.30 pm IST) on Wednesday. Although the primary servers were online, users stated that they were not able to post anything on the social media website. The last time there was a Facebook outage of such magnitude was in 2008 when the company had 150 million users, compared to 2.3 billion monthly users today.

Even Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp servers were down, as per social media. Users were not able to refresh or post on Instagram, whereas on WhatsApp, forwarding media content failed. Facebook issued a message stating that the company is aware of the outage and is working on a fix.

Social media users panicked and tweeted that the website may have faced a cyber attack on its servers. The company then ensured users that there is no such attack and they need not worry.


Users even reported that they could not sign into third-party apps like Spotify, Tinder through their registered Facebook account. When they tried to log in, users would be prompted with a message that read the feature is currently available. However, this problem does not exist if users have stayed logged into the app.

People started posting about the outage on Twitter after which #FacebookDown, #InstagramDown began to trend. Some reactions are hilarious:




Remember the feeling of apocalypse we talked out? Here it is:


First Published on Mar 14, 2019 10:57 am
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