Most of you may already be aware that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram experienced an outage last night. People were unable to load images in Facebook News Feed, view stories on Instagram, or download media in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp users were unable to share photos, videos or voice messages, but texts were still going through, and #InstagramDown was quickly trending on Twitter.
Facebook said earlier yesterday that it was aware of the issues and was “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” It blamed the outage on an error that was triggered during a “routine maintenance operation.”
Later on, Facebook posted a message to its official Twitter account saying the “issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100 percent for everyone. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”
Instagram similarly said its issues were more or less resolved, too.
Earlier today, some people and businesses experienced trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone. We're sorry for any inconvenience.
— Facebook for Business (@FBBusiness) July 3, 2019
Needless to say, there’s no need to panic. All issues have been resolved already and each of the three apps is up and running 100%.
Last time all three of Facebook’s major services went down, the outage lasted for many hours. Facebook later blamed that problem on a server issue that had a knock-on effect on Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as Facebook, since the three use a shared infrastructure.
When those problems happened in March, they were said to be perhaps the biggest outage in the history of the internet, hitting tens of millions of people.