WHATSAPP, Facebook, and Instagram are down for millions of users for hours today in its worst global outage since 2008, while Twitter users were briefly affected, reports said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have reported issues with the social networking apps on the website DownDetector.
Many people are or were unable to access the smartphone apps and websites of the hugely popular services. Gmail outages were also reported within the past hour but the company didn’t detect any.
Gmail said “there are no disruptions with Gmail” in response to reports of an outage on Twitter shortly after 4pm ET.
Those attempting to open the sites on a desktop are reportingly being met with a black, white page and a message that reads “500 server error.”
The iOS and Android versions of the Instagram and Facebook apps will open but will not load users’ feeds or show them new content.
WhatsApp messages are not reaching their recipients, with sent texts sitting with a clock icon next to them to indicate that they haven’t been dispatched.
The White House is aware of the outages and monitoring the situation, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters this afternoon, while cyber experts revealed that Facebook had experienced a core network failure.
Twitter, which appeared to be working, referenced the situation at 1.27pm ET, tweeting: “hello literally everyone” on their official account, to which WhatsApp replied: “hello!”
“Thought this was supposed to be encrypted…” quipped Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in his reply to the messaging app.
The company’s initial tweet prompted a huge reaction from major US accounts, like Warner Bros (“good move”) and Burger King, who responded: “Hiya.”
“How r u handling the fame,” inquired McDonald’s Canada, while Reddit said: “hi.”
WHAT APPS WERE AFFECTED?
- Facebook & FB Messenger
- T-Mobile / TMBLE Metro
- Cricket Wireless
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