Not many of us would have seen Facebook going down in the past, thanks to their proactive engineers who look after the site 24/7. However, for the first time in many months, Facebook and Instagram went down globally on Tuesday night, leaving millions of social media junkies frustrated. According to reports, every time someone tried to log into Facebook, a messaged stating “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it, and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can,” popped up.
Users from Asia, United States, Europe and Australia said that they were not able to log in to Facebook and Instagram for close to an hour. When millions of Facebook users around the globe couldn’t find any other way to get rid of this problem, they took to Twitter, the social media rival of Facebook, to vent out their frustration. Twitter witnessed huge traffic after this incident, with innumerable people putting up statuses using the following hashtag“#facebookdown”.
People responded to this unusual outage differently.
Some resorted to humour:-
Facebook is down. Start living in the real World. 😛 #FacebookDown
— Sanam Baloch (@SanamBalochfans) January 27, 2015
While some took to the traditional way:
— King Podge (@kingpodge) January 27, 2015
There were, however, some thoughtful tweets as well:
Facebook and Instagram have been down for 30 mns. Just read 4 books.
— Chris D’Elia (@chrisdelia) January 27, 2015
For some this was akin to a catastrophe:
INSTAGRAM IS DEAD TOO BASICALLY THIS IS THE APOCALYPSE THANK GOD I HAVE CANNED PEACHES AND A SLINGSHOT IN THE HOUSE.
— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) January 27, 2015
When reporters tried to get in touch with Facebook representatives for updates on this issue, Charlene Chian, the spokeswoman of the company, came forward and clarified everything. She was heard saying, “We are very much aware of the fact that people around the world are having trouble logging into Instagram and Facebook.” She further added that the company was trying its best to sort out all issues as quickly as possible.
And all issues were in fact sorted out as quickly as possible, for the outage didn’t last longer than 52 minutes, and the world became an ideal place to live in, once again. As soon as both Instagram and Facebook started working properly, people showed their happiness, much like their sorrows on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets:
We shall speak of this day in history class someday. We survived. We all survived. #facebookdown
— Molly McIsaac (@MollyMcIsaac) January 27, 2015
Even though, the representatives of Facebook clarified soon after the outage that it happened due to a new update, a hacking group named Lizard Squad took responsibility for the same. Reports suggest that Instagram, Facebook, Myspace, Tinder, HipChat and AIM were affected by this attack.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) January 27, 2015
— ABP News (@abpnewstv) January 27, 2015
Facebook, however, has clarified that Lizard Squad has nothing to do with this outage.
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