On the night of Friday, Facebook owned Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram abruptly stopped working for over half an hour globally. The outage was first reported by the users of Twitter around 11 PM. Enormous number of people started reporting about the inconvenience they faced while using the messaging applications Whatsapp, Messenger and the photo/video posting social media app Instagram.
No messages which were sent was delivered in Whatsapp whereas people could load the feed of Instagram. Between 11 pm and 11:40 pm, Downdetector showed there were more than 1.2 million incidents of people reporting issues with Instagram, while over 23,000 users posted about issues with WhatsApp on the website, according to a report. Outage tracker Downdetector, too, showed a massive spike in outages at around this time.
However, the issue was restored within minutes but the memes, reactions and trolls for the global outage didn’t. It is reported that services were restored around 11 : 42 Indian standard time. The official twitter account of Whatsapp came up with a tweet at 12 : 11 AM of Saturday, writing “Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! #WhatsAppDown” whereas Instagram, at 12 : 38 AM posted a tweet saying “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”
Check out their tweets below :
Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! #WhatsAppDown— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) March 19, 2021
Meanwhile Signal app which identifies itself as a better messaging app than Whatsapp with better user privacy and security, took a dig at Whatsapp downtime and wrote “Signal registrations are through the roof; welcome everyone! Solidarity to the folks working on the WhatsApp outage. People outside of the tech industry will never understand how weird it sounds when someone says that they are “looking forward to some weekend downtime.”
Signal registrations are through the roof; welcome everyone! Solidarity to the folks working on the WhatsApp outage. People outside of the tech industry will never understand how weird it sounds when someone says that they are "looking forward to some weekend downtime.— Signal (@signalapp) March 19, 2021
However, reactions that were surfaced for the tweets of Instagram and Whatsapp left the users of the micro blogging site in splits. “that 45min was decade for us” wrote a user whereas another one said “WHATEVER Instagram… seriously?! I was in the middle of a really funny and original reel where I lip sing a song super zoomed in on my flawless face and now I CANT post it… my fans will be DEVASTATED. There goes my weekend!!”
Check out some of such reactions below :
WHATEVER Instagram… seriously?! I was in the middle of a really funny and original reel where I lip sing a song super zoomed in on my flawless face and now I CANT post it… my fans will be DEVASTATED. There goes my weekend!!— Trento (@TrentoHunter) March 19, 2021
Lee nibbas: that 45min was decade for us pic.twitter.com/EiwD1c8Tib— J!یa (Hasnain + Ahmad 🎓) (@Ch_jiyaa) March 19, 2021
People are getting mad,if the servers are taking 45 minutes more to restore,Also there was a high chances of breakups 😂😂😁😁— @Proud Kashmiri (@TrendingEver) March 19, 2021
My girlfriend broke up with me cuz she sent a serious message and immediately I read WhatsApp went down so she thought I ignored her for 45mins. Y'all owe me a girlfriend— KwataPikin🇨🇲 (@YoungBlood_237) March 19, 2021
WhatsApp use Twitter to inform the users and not whatsapp status while when you install you get that's information of WhatsApp status from there….— 🌴ᴬᴸᴱᴬᴺᴰᴿᴼ 🌴⛳️ (@tembophd) March 19, 2021
So @WhatsApp use @Twitter @instagram use @Twitter
But @Twitter not use both of these 😂😂
Do you really know how many romantic relationships around the world you have put in a panic state😂😂 my crush and i are on a 1 second reply stage and she thought i had blue ticked her..phewks😅 pic.twitter.com/BegyxPsGdy— KING-MATA___🇰🇪 (@kimatanganga1) March 19, 2021
it only takes 2 minutes to download and install Telegram tho :0— Fire Lord Jon Beifong (@jonathanrjs) March 19, 2021
Dear watsapp— Acyclovir (@Ufofrmspace) March 19, 2021
Keep doing pranks like this, i enjoy watching my committed friends cry
Urs truly ♥️🌹
Telegram app when he saw ur app down pic.twitter.com/TC7S5NILyO— MAJED ® (@LLLLLL) March 19, 2021
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