Facebook resolves day-long worldwide outages across Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

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Instagram is taking too much time to load the images and even hitting with login issues. The platforms were facing serious problem loading images, videos, and other data, leaving many people frustrated. "Download failed: The download was unable to complete, please try again later", says the message when WhatsApp these users tried sending/downloading images.

Users were not able to view stories on Instagram or send messages on WhatsApp.

Individual users as well as businesses and organizations were affected. Users in Qatar reported the issue from around 4pm today. On DownDetector, a website that tracks outages, live outage maps for these services showed that the US, Western Europe, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and parts of Australia were the most affected. Facebook acquired Whatsapp, a mobile messaging app, for $19 billion.

Facebook owns all three platforms. The integration will be completed by 2020.

"Facebook image CDN is down, affecting Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp".

However, as users turned to Twitter as an alternative platform to vent their annoyance, many users noticed their tweets were also not working as normal.

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According to the social media giant, the outage occurred due to an error that was triggered during a routine maintenance operation.

There have been other Facebook outages this year. And when things like outages happen, it is definitely a worrisome incident - for both, the company as well as its user base. "More will be revealed about the outage in the next few days, but in the meantime, users are left without a range of apps and websites from the Facebook ecosystem". Ultimately, it is ourselves who are at fault if we can't provide a stable service to our users worldwide. According to CNN Business, Facebook wasn't ruling out the possibility of other "smaller-scale attacks" at that time.

The firm said the issues it is experiencing is not related to a cyber-attack.

Aside from the downtime in March, Instagram also had an outage last June 14.

The company apologized for the inconvenience, tweeting at about 23:00 BST: "We're virtually at 100% resolved". It is showing users old posts.

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