Millions Impacted By Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Outage

Major social media services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a massive outage on Monday, 4 October. This impacted potentially tens of millions of users.


Social media services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a massive outage on Monday, impacting millions of users!

Users have been checking their feeds and posting about the outage since everything has been back online. This is a huge story and a great example of how a global outage can be significant.

An error message popped up on Facebook for users in affected areas, and this got many wondering what went wrong.

Users in affected areas were greeted with the message: "Something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can.""

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp is back up and running in affected areas. 

Facebook engineering released a statement explaining what went wrong. 

"To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms. We’ve been working as hard as we can to restore access, and our systems are now back up and running. The underlying cause of this outage also impacted many of the internal tools and systems we use in our day-to-day operations, complicating our attempts to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem."

Read full statement here.

You can also read update here.

Article Category

Other Articles

South Africa has been one cautious country when it comes to Covid-19 new variants and acted with utmost urgency to put protective protocols in place.  The Department of Health has moved from predictions to new developments that might get every Southern African country worried.

People with specified medical issues will soon be able to receive 'booster' shots from the Health Department. Healthcare workers have also started receiving a second dose of the John & Johnson following their last jabs in February.

Alcohol businesses were among the most impacted in the previous Covid-19 strict restrictions. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has predicted the resurgence of Covid-19 Fourth wave in December.   

There are many misconceptions and confusion around the reasons for heightened child pregnancy in South Africa. Experts in the field seek to examine the real reasons for teenage pregnancy in schools and communities.

It has been 20 months since the start of the country's lockdown and curfews were imposed. And some rights groups are fed up.