Facebook services, including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, were closed to thousands of users on Thursday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. Instagram and WhatsApp, Facebook’s services have been restored for more than an hour after users reported contact issues.
User reports pointed to more than 112,000 issues on the Facebook website. In contrast, 101,000 Instagram and 516 WhatsApp users reported the problem at 6 p.m; on Thursday (3:00 a.m., Friday in Pakistan). Facebook did not comment on the reported issue.
DownDector tracks status outages by collecting status reports from multiple sources, including errors submitted by users. The interruptions may affect more people. It is the second major setback in a month, with Facebook and other services, Instagram and WhatsApp users experiencing nearly an hour of disruption due to the mid-March disruption.
The disruption to Microsoft 365 service was another major setback earlier this month and in mid-March. Due to the COVID-19, such power outages have severely impacted productivity and raised questions about the current trends of large numbers of working people worldwide. Zoom, a video-conferencing application that provided millions of users with a remote working environment during the epidemic, also faced significant setbacks last month.