Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp seem to be coming back online after suffering global outages for nearly an hour on Friday evening.


The three platforms — owned by Mark Zuckerberg — stopped functioning abruptly, leaving millions of users worried.

According to downdetector.com, which tracks service outages, 90 percent of Whatsapp users could not connect to the app while some Instagram users also reported that they were unable to log into the platform.

Many users also took to Twitter to complain that they saw error alerts when they opened the apps and were unable to send or receive messages.


Checks by TheCable Lifestyle showed “5xx Server Error” on the platforms.

WaBetaInfo, an independent portal that normally gives updates on WhatsApp, also confirmed that the messaging app experienced outages.

Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger recover from major outage

There are however reports that the platforms are now working well with some users confirming that they can now access their chats.


WhatsApp also confirmed the 45-minute outage in a terse post while also thanking users for their patience.


This is not the first time users of the Facebook-owned services would be experiencing such glitches.

In 2019, TheCable Lifestyle had reported how Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a three-hour outage which prevented some users from accessing the platforms.

Here’s what some users had to say during the outages:


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