Popular social media platforms Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram unexpectedly went down in Europe and UK on Monday morning. Inability to log input masses of users into a discontented and freaked out state.
According to a prominent chatting app development company, Instagram has a total of 1 billion active users over the globe; while Facebook’s stats go as high as 2.23 billion. That clearly suggests that even a small but unexpected shutdown of any of them can cause a kind of halt to the entire world.
Something like that actually happened in an otherwise peaceful morning of Monday when multitudes of social media users over the globe woke up just to find out they can’t log in to their Facebook or Instagram accounts. In other words, it freaked them out.
The unexpected shut down later took place in several parts of India, Australia, and South America. It’s noticeable that all those areas are the ones with the most social media users. The services weren’t however, down for long and steady. Reports of on and off were more.
People who tried to visit their account earlier were met with this message - “Your account is currently unavailable due to a site issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly. Please try again in a few minutes.”
The Facebook spokesperson stated that the real reason behind the inconvenience caused was a network configuration issue. They further cleared that 95% of the issue has already been resolved and they are working to eradicate the rest. The officials apologized for the problem.
Seemingly, the breakdown transparently clarifies that as the clock is ticking, taking us towards a bright, amazing future, it is getting harder and harder for us to live without social media. 10 years ago, social media was optional.
Then, no one would have ever thought that a digital connection to the outside world will become that crucial. Technology is without a doubt evolving into a compelling giant and tech giants are leaving no stones unturned to compete with each other to establish their monopoly. For example, Google is reportedly working on a messaging app to counter WhatsApp.