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Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp Recover From Global Outage

March 19, 2021
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Social media outlets, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp experienced a global outage earlier today. Facebook owns both Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram Outage Today

According to Downdetector, 25,271 reports came in regarding issues with WhatsApp, a little over 5,719 for Facebook Messenger, and 123,804 reports for Instagram.

Facebook Outage Status

Margi Murphy of The Telegraph posted this statement from Facebook:

"Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have trouble accessing some Facebook services. We resolved this issue for everyone, and we apologize for any inconvenience." -Margi Murphy of The Telegraph

There is no additional information surrounding what the technical issue was, however, at 12:54 p.m. CST Facebook Gaming tweeted there were a number of issues affecting Facebook products, including game streaming. About an hour later, an update was posted stating service has been restored and directed users to the Facebook support page if problems persist. 

Instagram Outage Status

Instagram posted an update on Twitter as well:

According to The Verge, a “5xx Server Error” was witnessed when attempting to navigate to Instagram’s website and on the phone app. While neither social media platform discussed the root of the outage, a 500 server error occurs when the server has identified a problem, but it cannot determine what it is. We don’t know what type of 5xx Server Error this is to understand what exactly happened.

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