Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Working Again After Outages

By Reuters

Facebook Inc said it restored services on Sunday, April 14, after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp.

All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages.

“Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesman told Reuters.

The issue comes after Facebook experienced one of its longest outages in March, when some users around the globe could not access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than 24 hours.

Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in the northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines.

It appeared to be back up and running for most users by 9 a.m. EST.

The outage monitoring website also showed that, at the peak on Sunday, there were more than 3,000 incidents of people reporting issues with WhatsApp and over 7,000 with Instagram.

Downdetector.com’s live outage map showed that the issues were mainly in Europe and Asia.

An email requesting comment about what caused the outage was sent to Facebook.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.

There are more than 1.52 billion daily active Facebook users, according to the social media network’s website.

Twitter Jokes

For most of the morning, the hashtags #FacebookDown, #InstagramDown, and #WhatsAppDown were featured prominently in Twitter’s trending section.

Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek and The Associated Press contributed to this report.