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Widespread outage hits Meta’s Facebook and Instagram, affecting global user base

Meta faces a significant challenge as Facebook and Instagram experience a global outage, impacting over 300,000 users.

In an unexpected turn of events on Tuesday, users of Meta's social media giants, Facebook and Instagram, experienced a massive outage. This disruption began at approximately 10:00 am ET (1500 GMT) and quickly escalated into a global issue, leaving hundreds of thousands unable to access these platforms.

An unexpected digital silence

You might have experienced a moment of confusion when attempting to check your Facebook or Instagram, you found yourself unceremoniously logged out. This scenario played out for countless individuals globally. On Downdetector.com, a website that tracks outages, reports surged with over 300,000 instances for Facebook and 40,000 for Instagram. This unexpected digital blackout disrupted the routine of millions who rely on these platforms for communication, business, and leisure.

Meta spokesperson Andy Stone confirmed awareness of the issue, assuring that efforts were underway to resolve it. However, this hiccup didn't just affect users externally; it also echoed through the financial market. Meta's shares saw a 1.2% decrease in value during late-morning trading. The significance of this outage is underscored by Meta's vast network, boasting around 3.19 billion daily active users across its suite of applications, including WhatsApp and .

Internal turmoil and reactions

The ripple effect of this outage was felt not just by the global user base but also internally at Meta. Employees reported difficulties accessing their work systems, leading to confusion and concern about job security, notably voiced through posts on the anonymous messaging app Blind. Even Meta's business-oriented services, like the WhatsApp Business API, faced issues, though these were relatively minor compared to the larger platforms.

The outage quickly became a trending topic, particularly on social media platforms such as the one formerly known as . Here, the platform's owner, Elon Musk, took the opportunity to critique Meta subtly, noting the operational status of his network. It's important to note that since Musk's high-profile US$44 billion acquisition of the platform in October 2022, it, too, has experienced its share of service interruptions, highlighting the challenges even major tech giants face in maintaining consistent online services.

Seeking solutions amidst the digital disruption

As the global community grapples with this digital disconnect, Meta's teams are working around the clock to restore access and functionality. The outage underscores social media's pivotal role in our lives, from keeping us connected with friends and family to supporting businesses and internal communications within large organisations.

Meta is now tasked with resolving the current issue and reassuring its users and stakeholders of the resilience and reliability of its platforms. As the world waits for updates and solutions, this incident is a stark reminder of the central role of digital platforms in our daily lives and the widespread impact when they falter.

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Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition, where she writes about technology and often does listicles and product reviews. Based in Austria, Gabriela is a person with many and diverse hobbies. If you don't find her reading a book at home or baking something, she will probably be out hiking or taking some classes to learn a new skill.

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