Monday, September 4/2021 the world foremost chat platform, Facebook and its other acquired social media platforms WhatsApp and Instagram, had suffered a major global outage, including in Nigeria, that persisted for six hours.
The outage had significantly left billions of the three socials media users across the world stranded and confused as they could send or receive message between 4:35pm and 10:44pm local time.
In a tweet, Facebook wrote, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience”.
WhatsApp, too, tweeted: “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!”.
It could be recalled that in March this year Facebook clan of apps underwent a major shut down as its services for almost 45 minutes.
A New York Times, the report had ruled out a possibility of cyberattack “because the technology behind the apps was still different enough that one hack was not likely to affect all of them at once.”
Data obtained from ThousandEyes, a network-monitoring service owned by Cisco Systems Inc, implied that there were 367 global internet outages in the week ending September 26.
However, at about 10:43 pm Nigerian time, messages began to drop on WhatsApp which indicated that the glitch may have been fixed.