The three most popular social media applications, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were all experiencing issues this morning for users all over the world. Facebook and Instagram were both inaccessible. The news feeds were refusing to refresh and the main Facebook.com domain was showing unavailable for more than two hours. WhatsApp messages were not getting sent and delivered, and users of Facebook’s main services headed to Twitter to share their agony. Messenger which is Facebook’s chat service, was also down for more than a couple of hours. Facebook owns Whatsapp and Instagram.
The outages started at around 6:30AM ET this morning, and some of the locations were more widely affected than others.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that “Some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the Facebook family of apps earlier today” .
“We have now resolved the issue; and we are sorry for any inconvenience”, he added.
All the three social networking apps started to come back online at around 9AM ET this morning.
Facebook’s issues comes just a month after Facebook experienced its worst outage ever. At that time, all the three apps were inaccessible for hours, and it wasn’t until over 24 hours later that Facebook finally gave the all clear.
Facebook had blamed a “server configuration change,” at that time and apologized for the outages.