Facebook,Whatsapp, Instagram suffer global outage

Published: July 3, 2019
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Users unable to load images and videos on the applications. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Users unable to load images and videos on the applications. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered major outages on Thursday with reports with images and videos were not loading, which impacted users around the globe, according to Newsweek.

DownDetector, a platform which tracks website issues in real-time, recorded a huge spike in problems across some of the biggest social networking platforms in the world. A slew of users took to Twitter to voice their frustrations with the bugs and glitches—and it’s not the first major outage this week.

“Can’t view any pictures on Messenger and I can’t attach or see any pics in anything on my news feed, comments and posts,” one person complained on DownDetector, discussing Facebook. Another person added: “No pictures are loading, and I can’t generate preview pictures on links.”

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For a website dedicated to image-sharing, Instagram was left unusable according to some comments.

“Can’t see certain posts or post anything new! ANNOYING! Please fix this!” one user fumed. Another added: “Not working. Loaded the image, was available for five minutes, people commented and then ‘can’t see… can’t load’ and cannot see posts of other people.” Similar bugs appeared to hit popular chat service WhatsApp.

The companies have not commented on the reason behind the issues.

Outages with major social media platforms are unlikely to last long and normal service should soon be resumed.

Last Friday, workplace chat application Slack suffered a major outage as users reported that messages were repeating and showing up several times after being sent.

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