Sunday 5 July, 2020

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down for some users across the world

Some social media users across the globe are complaining about issues they are facing on their favourite apps such as Instagram, Facebook and even WhatsApp.

Many users have complained that while they are able to open the apps, several functions are missing. Issues range from posting new content to sending and receiving messages. 

Loop Barbados couldn't post to Facebook via Hootsuite, and while trying to post directly to Facebook, it was forever saying 'Fetching Preview'. On WhatsApp Loop BB journalists could not change their profile pictures, nor could they send or take photos in the communication app.

Loop TT embarked on attempting to update its Facebook and Instagram accounts but was unable to do so. While texting was available via WhatsApp, updating one's status was not.

Around 2 pm, Facebook took to Twitter to announce that it has received reports about various issues experienced by users.

The network also sought to allay fears that the issues could possibly be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. In computing, a denial-of-service attack is a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet.

An article written on The Verge notes that WhatsApp appeared to be fine for many people, but users in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, and more note that they are experiencing issues with sending messages. DownDetector indicates that those in Brazil were experiencing the most severe outages.

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