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Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram back online after worldwide outage

PTI San Francisco | Updated on July 04, 2019 Published on July 04, 2019

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Thousands of users around the world were reporting outages, with Europe and North America most impacted

Facebook said it was “back at 100 per cent” on Wednesday evening after an outage on all of its services affected users in various parts of the world.

It was reported earlier that the outage began around 1200 GMT and affected Facebook as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp services.

A Facebook spokesperson, also speaking on behalf of Instagram and WhatsApp, explained that a “routine maintenance operation” accidentally triggered a bug that made it difficult for users to upload or send photos and videos, US media reported.

#Facebookdown and #instagramdown were trending on Twitter as users around the world reported these apps were not functioning.

 

Thousands of users around the world were reporting outages, with Europe and North America most impacted. Both individual users as well as businesses and organizations were affected.

“Yes, we are affected by #instagramdown, too,” the CIA tweeted during the outage.

“No, we didn’t cause it. No, we can’t fix yours. Did you try turning it off and back on again?” Earlier this year, an outage lasting as long as 24 hours that hit Facebook services was blamed on a “server configuration change.” The March 13 outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant, which reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications.

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Published on July 04, 2019
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