Facebook Outage Reveals Image Info Gathered, While Underscoring Big Tech's Susceptibility 07/05/2019

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Many members of the social media crowd lamented about their predicament during the Facebook and Instagram outage, switching to other platforms that weren't experiencing any technical difficulties at the time to express their feelings.

The issue was first noted when several hundred users logged complaints on the outage tracker Down Detector late Wednesday afternoon.

Two weeks ago, Instagram was bricked and experienced ongoing issues with refreshing feeds, loading profiles, and liking images.

The last few break down demonstrate us that even they work as independent platforms, they are all linked together as they work on invisible processes we are not aware of that can break at the same time. People also reported not being allowed to upload videos, photos and other files on the sites. The outage stopped social-media images from loading and left in their place descriptions like: "image may contain: table, plant, flower, and outdoor" and "image may contain: tree, plant, sky".

Facebook has received more than 7,000 reported problems in the last 24 hours, according to DownDetector. "We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience", a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business.

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However some people on Twitter, which is working fine, seem to be seeing the lighter side.

Social media rival Twitter Inc. The outage lasted nearly 24 hours with news outlets considering it as the biggest interruption suffered by Facebook.

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble uploading images, videos and other files on our apps". The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100 per cent for everyone. "We're sorry for any inconvenience", Instagram posted on Twitter.

Neither Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp have commented on the outages. It is showing users old posts. Instead, users get a "download failed" message with a prompt to try again. Some users were unaffected while others were unable to connect to the service, or log in to the service once connected, or use Outlook without difficulties.

What just happened? On Wednesday around 8AM ET, users of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp started experiencing problems with some features of the apps.