Nigerians, others react as WhatsApp, Instagram suffer 45-min global outage

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p style="text-align: justify;">Facebook-owned social networking platforms, WhatsApp and Instagram, were down in several countries, including Nigeria, on Friday evening, with users reporting they were unable to send messages or log in to the platforms.

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p style="text-align: justify;">Website monitoring site, Down Detector, reported a spike in outage reports for both platforms starting from around 6.30 pm.

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p style="text-align: justify;">Some users also reported problems with accessing Messenger, another Facebook-owned service.

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p style="text-align: justify;">Users visiting Instagram got a simple error message, saying, “5xx Server Error,” with no other information provided.




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p style="text-align: justify;">WhatsApp users simply couldn’t access the services on the social messaging app.

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p style="text-align: justify;"> The outage was quickly fixed, with service restored to both platforms by 7.10 pm – that is, after 45 minutes.

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p style="text-align: justify;">After the service was restored, WhatsApp did not explain the cause of the outage, but simply tweeted, “Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! #WhatsAppDown.”

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p style="text-align: justify;">Also, @instagram wrote, “Some people were having issues with their Instagram accounts earlier, but we’re back now. The issue’s been fixed and we’re sorry for the trouble. #instagramdown.”



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p style="text-align: justify;">The Facebook-owned apps, which have some three billion users worldwide, have reported occasional outages in the past, including one in July 2020.

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p style="text-align: justify;">Meanwhile, Friday’s outage sparked an array of comments on other social platforms, especially Twitter and Apple messaging service, iMessage.

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p style="text-align: justify;">Tech reviewer, Marques Brownlee, tweeted, “I’d love to see the worldwide traffic spikes on certain sites when other big ones go down.

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p style="text-align: justify;">“No doubt Twitter spikes when Instagram goes down. Does Facebook spike when Twitter goes down? Does Instagram spike when Tiktok is down? Does everything spike when YouTube is down?”



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p style="text-align: justify;">Twitter user, @nigeriaabroad, asked, “Should we collect (sic) Instagram and WhatsApp back from Mark Zuckerberg? Because what is all this down down all the time?”

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p style="text-align: justify;">@BCreativearts wrote, “Please stop killing creators. It’s really getting worse! The reach from posts is dead!”

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p style="text-align: justify;">@PhapiV also wrote, “Oh my darling Twitter family we will be entertaining #whatsappdown #instagramdown visitor tonight. Please, y’all should bring out our gist and drags so they can know we ain’t their mate when it comes to premium entertainment.”

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p style="text-align: justify;">@Kratos_cyd tweeted, “Next time, you have to warn us. I just blocked grandma’s phone while trying to fix her WhatsApp.”



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