Facebook Inc. has suffered a third serious interruption this year, with users around the world unable to access the social network or its suite of services such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook and Instagram are inaccessible results Sunday, April 14, 2019 for several hours with both sites refusing to update the contents while messages could not be sent or received in WhatsApp or in the Messenger app.
Downdetector, a site that keeps track of website interruptions, reported problems with Facebook starting at 12.30 am on Sunday. The problems have affected many users in Europe, the United States and Asia, according to what is written on that site.
A Facebook spokesman apologized for the inconveniences. Today, some people may have had problems connecting to the app family, the problem has been solved, we apologize for any inconvenience, he has declared.
The aforementioned social media networks are again operational and functioning in New York at around 3.30 pm but many irate users have turned to Twitter to let off steam during the blackout.
World is coming to a end. Facebook and Instagram are down We all might have to interact in person with people #FacebookDown pic.twitter.com/Jyk1SSkXWW
– Joel Ferguson (@ JoelFer55502603) April 14, 2019
Ok … who broke #Facebook ?, tweeted Dean Miller from New York. What's wrong with Facebook, Kularakkhita asked in a Thai tweet. All Facebook services are already, said Daniel Chernenkov in Israel.
Facebook down: many problems in recent months
At the end of January, the Instagram app crashed and WhatsApp users around the world were unable to send or receive messages. Last month, Facebook faced the most widespread and persistent system outage, with users unable to access the social network for more than 12 hours.
The interruptions are added to the evils of Facebook, already tormented by revelations about how it failed to safeguard users' data or to hinder the spread of hate speech, fake news and other forms of disinformation.