Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Outage hits Facebook services worldwide

Outage hits Facebook services worldwide

Facebook did not respond to queries that the outage could have been related to its plans to link its three messaging platforms Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

At approximately 1am IST this morning (4 July), Facebook posted to Twitter to tell users that the issue was resolved and all services "should be back at 100pc for everyone".

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday an issue with uploading or sending media files on its apps and platforms has been resolved. "Apologies for the inconvenience", Twitter said in a tweet.

Social media platforms had a bit of a meltdown on Wednesday.

More than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp, according to outage tracking website downdetector.com. A Facebook spokesperson in no time gave a statement that said, "We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience". Instagram was experiencing difficulties with its Stories feature that posts temporary photos and videos, while WhatsApp users complained they couldn't send photos or video messages. Similar problems were faced on Facebook and Instagram.

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A Facebook outage affects a suite of popular apps, and those apps collectively have billions of users who rely on them. The first occurred back in March in an incident that Facebook later blamed on "a server configuration change".

Today has been highlighted by outages on the world's largest social media platforms, and now Twitter has been added to that list.

Interestingly, because of this image outage people were able to see how Facebook's AI automatically tags photos behind the scenes.

A Facebook spokesperson, also speaking on behalf of Instagram and WhatsApp, said that a "routine maintenance operation" accidentally triggered a bug that made it hard for users to upload or send photographs and videos, United States media reported.

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