Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram, three major social media platforms, had their server down for almost six hours on Monday. Facebook and Instagram, with other related products such as Facebook Messenger and Workplace, came back to the actual position after three hours., while Whatsapp remained out of reach.
The outage restricted billions of users to use these apps across the globe from accessing, sending, and receiving messages.
While these three are the major social media platforms and have been used around the world on a large scale, a minor outage affected the personal wealth of Mark Zuckerberg- Facebook CEO.
He lost nearly 7 USD billion in just a few hours when Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp went down.
Before this, Mark Zuckerberg ranked at third place on Bloomberg billionaires Index. According to the Bloomberg report, after going down on these three platforms, the Facebook stocks fell by 5%, and Zuckerberg slipped to the fifth spot. Now, Mark Zuckerberg, with a total wealth of USD 121.6 billion, has fallen behind Bill Gates.
Facebook confirmed to server down through a tweet: ‘We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any convenience.’
This is not the first time that Facebook and Whatsapp have faced a global outage. Previously, Facebook, with its family apps, suffered a significant 45 minutes outage earlier this year in March. Before this, in 2020, four major Whatsapp outages occurred, of which most major was in January, for at least three hours, the second one was in April, a two-hour outage in July, and a brief in August.
Mark Zuckerberg personally apologized for the disruption of the services of Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram with a Facebook post saying- Sorry for the inconvenience, I know, how much you rely on our services to stay connected with people you care about.
The three of the services -Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp- are back online now.