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Facebook, instagram suffer hour-long disruption

  • The services were restored at around 10:20pm
  • The outage was among the top trending topics on X
Update : 05 Mar 2024, 11:30 PM

Meta’s Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Threads services faced global outage for around an hour on Tuesday night.

The services were restored at around 10:20pm on Tuesday after facing global outage at 9:21pm on Tuesday, according to Downdetector.

It was reported that Facebook, Instagram and Messenger and Threads users were getting logged out from their accounts.

All four social media networks are owned by California-based Meta.

London-based internet monitoring firm Netblocks said on X that four Meta platforms -- Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Threads -- were “currently experiencing outages related to login sessions in multiple countries.” But the firm, which advocates for internet freedom, said there was no sign of “country-level internet disruptions or filtering,” which are typically imposed by governments, reports UNB quoting AP.

Earlier, Bangladeshi users complained that they found themselves logged out of the app on phones and desktops all of a sudden on Tuesday night.

On the other hand, Meta’s Instagram was found to be frozen with no latest feed. However, communication through WhatsApp has not been interrupted.

There were more than 300,000 reports of outages for Facebook, while there were more than 40,000 reports for Instagram, according to the Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including users.

"We're aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now," Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said in a post on X social media.

Meta's status dashboard showed the application programming interface for WhatsApp Business was also facing issues.

There were around 200 reports of outages for WhatsApp on Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including users, reports Reuters. 

The outage was among the top trending topics on X, formerly Twitter, with the platform's owner Elon Musk taking a shot at Meta with a post that said: "If you're reading this post, it's because our servers are working".

X itself has faced several disruptions to its service after Musk's $44 billion purchase of the social media platform in October 2022, with an outage in December causing issues for more than 77,000 users in countries from the US to France.

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