If you've been wondering why Facebook wouldn't let you share that post, Instagram wouldn't let you post that latest picture or Story, or why WhatsApp and Messenger wouldn't let you upload that picture message, it was because of a major global outage that hit the platforms last night, as reported by Hindustan Times.
#FacebookDown | Facebook and Instagram suffered a major global outage. Users were unable to access the two platforms on their smartphones as well as on desktop.— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) March 13, 2019
Read more here: https://t.co/5bFHRxRW2R#InstagramDown pic.twitter.com/FtnBDe6RJK
In short, everything was down, the apocalypse was near and we were screwed.
And jutst FYI, #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown have been trending now for 12 hours straight.
According to downdetector.com, Facebook was hit at around 10 PM while several others even reported issues emerging as early as around 9:38 PM, reports HT.
In a statement to Reuters, a Facebook spokesperson is said to have revealed that the company is "aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps."
Obviously users took to Twitter, instantly to unite as coping mechanism.
The social platforms were back up a couple of hours - that sure as hell seemed like a lifetime - later. But, the floodgates for memes remained open.
Facebook and Instagram are down. This might be the first sign of apocalypse.— Hannah Taglucop (@nanahjanica) March 13, 2019
The date is March 14th 2019. 24hrs after #facebookdown— Elevator Thoughts (@Jonny_LDN) March 13, 2019
Nobody remembers how to reach loved ones or eat food without posting updates and the global economy has collapsed.
The few Facebook users that migrated to twitter were among the lucky few to once again connect. pic.twitter.com/Q8OvfWc2uk
And obviously, we were having withdrawal symptoms too, since we're literally jobless without posting on our social media accounts. So, this describes us right now.
Legit, us right now.
And now that it's up and running again - hopefully, for a while - let's take a moment to thank Twitter for always being there!