WashingtonThe services of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were restored after several hours of disruption, affecting millions of people around the world.
While users of the three social media platforms remained clueless as they received repeated error messages for the most part of the day, Silicon Valley Firm FacebookAs a result k declined by about five percent.
“To the vast community of people and businesses around the world that depend on us: We are sorry. We are working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are pleased to report that they are now Coming back online. Thank you for staying with us.” Facebook, which owns the photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging platform WhatsApp, said on Twitter.
Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer said on Twitter: “Sincere apologies to everyone affected by the shutdown of Facebook-powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams will be able to debug and restore as quickly as possible. Working as soon as possible.”
“Facebook services are now back online. (It) may take some time to reach 100%. To every small and large business, family and person we depend on, I am sorry,” Schroepfer said in another tweet.
earlier in the day, Facebook had said, “We are aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We are working to get things back to normal as soon as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.” “
whatsapp and instagram had also taken to Twitter to inform its users about the outage.
“We know that some people are facing problems with WhatsApp at this time. We are working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!” said the messaging app with more than two billion active users in the tweet.
“Instagram and friends are having a little hard time right now, and you might have problems using them. Stay with us, we’re on it!” the photo-sharing app had tweeted.
A day before three popular social media platforms were shut down, one of its whistleblowers was ready to testify before a Congress committee.
“It was extremely unusual for so many apps from the world’s largest social media company to go dark at the same time. More than 3.5 billion people use Facebook and its apps to communicate and do business with each other,” the New York Times wrote.
The outage also caused widespread disruptions, according to The Wall Street Journal FacebookInternal communication tools including some voice calls and work apps used for calendar appointments and other tasks, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company told employees on Monday morning that the cause of the power outage is unknown and that some employees are using Zoom to stay connected.