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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp services back hours after global outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp services started coming online on Tuesday morning Indian time, around five to six hours after users in several parts of the world started experiencing problems accessing the applications.

“To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry,” Facebook, which owns the two services, tweeted. “We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”

The services began reconnecting around 3.30 am on Tuesday (Indian Standard Time), reported Reuters.

To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.

— Facebook (@Facebook) October 4, 2021

Downdetector, a portal that detects outages on websites, showed that at 9.38 pm on Monday, there were more than 6,900 reports of outages on Facebook. For WhatsApp, there were nearly 30,000 such reports at the same time period. At of 9.27 pm, 18,739 Instagram outages had been reported.

Soon after the outage began, Facebook had acknowledged that users were having trouble…

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