Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram faced massive outages worldwide on Wednesday on June 9.
The claims of outages follow a major internet blackout on Tuesday that knocked out hundreds of websites throughout the world, reported the dailymail.
Millions of users were unable to access sites such as Amazon, Spotify, and Netflix, as well as the BBC, UK government, and the White House, due to the blackout, which was blamed on a single anonymous IT customer.
According to the US cloud-computing company responsible for the problems, a software bug caused it triggered when a Fastly customer altered their settings.
Since 6 p.m, more than a thousand people in the United States, Morocco, Mexico, Bolivia, and Brazil have reported disruptions to DownDetector.com.
By 8:30 p.m., the number of reports of outages on DownDetector.com had dropped to 110, close to the baseline level of 24.
Downdetector is an online platform that provides users with real-time information about the status of various websites and services. The information that is provided by the site is based upon user outage reports, which are collected from various sources, including the comment section of each website’s page on Downdetector and Twitter.
A map is also shown with the locations of the outage reports, and a list of cities with the corresponding number of reports is shown above the map. Downdetector is available in 45 countries, with a different site for each country.
It remained unclear whether the downtime on Facebook on Wednesday was related to the bigger outage.
A similar outage happened in 2019 on Instagram, and profiles refused to load. WhatsApp users had trouble sending and receiving messages.
Some Facebook users logged on to empty news feeds, while others could see their friends’ updates but couldn’t like them.
Facebook’s own bug reporting website, which lets users know which services are down, was unavailable. As a result, the business used Twitter, one of the few major social media channels it does not own, to announce updates.
“Multiple teams are working on it (the outage), and we’ll update you when we can,” Facebook’s gaming unit said in a tweet.
“Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues,” a Facebook spokesman said. “As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recovering over the last few hours. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s patience.”
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a push to bring all of his apps closer together, bringing direct communications from several services together. As users flitted from one lonely social feed to the next, searching futilely for updates, the service outages underscored the potential perils of a concentrated social media powerhouse.
Because Facebook and its apps have such a large user base—roughly 2.7 billion people worldwide—the venting was predictably amplified. Some folks were upset that the apps were not available.