After six hours of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram down amid global massive outrage, services were finally restored.
It seemed like a dark gloomy for Internet users in this digital age when none of the major apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram were working.
Amid hilarious memes being shared on Twitter, Internet users rushed to Twitter in a frenzy to report the issues they were facing with the Facebook-owned apps, with hashtags trending such as “Delete Facebook” etc!
In the turbulent stormy unrest among the users, Twitter humorously tweeted, “hello literally everyone” which got over one million likes.
hello literally everyone
— Twitter (@Twitter) October 4, 2021
When back, WhatsApp said, “We’re entirely back up and running now. We know that people were unable to use @WhatsApp to connect with their friends, family, businesses, community groups, and more today — a humbling reminder of how much people and organizations rely on our app every day. We take our mission seriously, and I’m grateful to everyone who worked hard to bring our service back with the reliability you expect from @WhatsApp. We’ll learn and grow from this, and continue working to provide you with a simple, secure, and reliable private messaging app.”
As per downdetector, the outage started at around 9 on Monday night. Several users soon discovered they were unable to access their WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Facebook and Instagram failed to load and refresh the feed while people were unable to send and receive messages on WhatsApp.
Due to this, most users employed many methods to “get back” Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram thinking it was an app problem or Internet downtime and many deleted their apps and reinstalled them again and were horrified to find out that the situation remained the same.
Facebook in its blog held the faulty configuration liable and said, “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”
The social media site has ruled out the possibilities of a cyberattack and Facebook said that it has no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.