Users reported that WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were not available in many parts of the world on Monday night. People on Twitter reported that the three Facebook-owned platforms were inaccessible around 9 PM IST. About 400 million people in India use one or more of these platforms.
Facebook communications executive Andy Stone himself posted this message on Twitter at 9.37pm IST: “We know some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re going to try to get things back to normal as soon as possible. We’re working for you, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Meanwhile, Signal made fun of the outage. The company said via its tweet, “Signing up on Signal (everyone welcome!). We also know what it’s like to work through an outage, and on bringing service back to other platforms.” Best wishes to the working engineers.” ALSO READ: Telegram, Signal users surge amid global outages for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp
When WhatsApp is down, users switch to instant messaging apps Telegram and Signal. With over 410 million users, India has the largest user base for Facebook and its platform. According to government figures, WhatsApp has 530 million users and Instagram has 210 million users. ALSO READ: WhatsApp, Instagram suffer global outage, users unable to send messages