While WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram were all down on Monday night, Twitter used its own platform to say, “Hello literally everyone.” Thousands of other users flocked to Twitter to make funny memes and even express their opinions on the topic.
What followed was a humorous conversation between Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, McDonald’s, Burger King, Reddit, Truecaller, and Xbox – all from their official Twitter names, among other popular sites and apps. WhatsApp replied “hi” to Twitter’s greeting tweet.
McDonald’s soon joined the conversation, responding with, “Hi, what can I get you?” “59.6 million nuggets for my buddies,” tweeted Twitter, which is full of user-created memes.
McDonald’s then inquired about Twitter’s reaction to the celebrity, while Truecaller stated that it had “provided popcorn.” Instagram, on the other hand, responded with a “Hello and nice Monday” remark.
WHATSAPP, FB, INSTAGRAM DOWN!
WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram have been unavailable in many regions of the world since around 9 p.m. IST. Mark Zuckerberg’s three apps all run on the same infrastructure.
A Domain Name System (DNS) problem appears to be the cause of the global outage.
A Facebook spokesperson sent an email to India Today Tech about the outage “We’re aware that some users are having difficulty using our applications and services. We’re working hard to restore normalcy as soon as possible, and we apologise for any trouble this has caused.”
Marcus Hutchins, a cybersecurity specialist known on Twitter under the name MalwareTech, has ruled out the likelihood of a global cyber strike.
“Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all down due to a BGP configuration problem,” MalwareTech writes in a tweet, adding, “which means it’s just a matter of time before someone tweets a pew pew map screenshot and claims it’s a worldwide cyber attack.”
WhatsApp has acknowledged the outage on Twitter with a similarly worded post “We’re aware that some individuals are having problems with WhatsApp right now. We’re attempting to restore normalcy and will provide an update as soon as possible. Thank you for being so patient!”
WhatsApp users are also reporting difficulty with the app and sending messages, according to Downdetector statistics. Almost 9,000 crash reports for WhatsApp may be found on the Downdetector website. When it comes to Instagram, Downdetector, a company that checks services and websites, reports that around 8,000 users have reported problems. The problem is said to be related to the server connection. Similarly, around 4,000 individuals reported the Facebook service outage on Downdetector, with the service claiming issues with the website, app, and server connection.
WhatsApp problems were initially noticed about 8.45 p.m. IST, while complaints of Facebook outages spiked around 8.57 p.m. IST, according to downdetector.com. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all acknowledged the outage shortly after, issuing statements stating that they are working to restore service.
With the world becoming increasingly reliant on internet-delivered technologies, internet interruptions have become the norm.
In March, several Facebook services were temporarily unavailable, while earlier this year, workplace messaging platform Slack Technologies Inc. experienced a service outage that lasted several hours. More than a dozen of Alphabet Inc.’s Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, were also affected by outages in December.
The rippling effects of the outages have been seen more as more employees turned to cloud services and other connected platforms amid the Covid-19 outbreak.