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Social Media Giants Facebook and Instagram Go Off the Grid

Both social media platforms which are owned by Facebook experienced downtime globally as their sites were unavailable for close to an hour.


Facebook and Instagram experienced temporary disruptions yesterday, as both social media platforms were inaccessible around the world. This downtime which cut across all forms of the platforms ranging from desktop and mobile to tablets, was brought about by technical difficulties faced by both companies.

In a blog post, Facebook confirmed that both sites were inaccessible worldwide for a period speculated to be about 53 minutes long. The parent company of both social media platforms apologized for the inconvenience while pledging to work towards rectifying he issues in the shortest possible time. The downtime of the sites is said to have started around 06h00 GMT and to have gone on for about an hour or more according to feedback from users who took to other social networks such as Twitter to share their experiences.

In another development, a group of hackers known by the moniker “Lizard Squad’ has ostensibly claimed responsibility for causing the temporary unavailability of the sites. The claim was made by a series of messages made by a Twitter account alleged to speak for the group which has been fingered in other significant cyber-attacks in recent times and claims of denial of service attacks particularly related to gaming. The messages said that the group had orchestrated a temporary block of a number of major sites yesterday in the aftermath of the challenges faced by Facebook and Instagram users.

Downtime such as this is not unprecedented in the recent history of Facebook. On June 19 2014, Facebook was also similarly unavailable for just shy of half an hour causing concern within its 1.3 billion users. Instagram which grew to 300 million users in December 2014 was launched in 2010 and acquired by Facebook for US $1 billion in April 2012.

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