Facebook services back up for thousands of users after outage.
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s platforms including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram were down for thousands of users on Thursday. According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. Reports by users showed more than 112,000 issues on Facebook’s website. While 101,000 Instagram users and 516 Whatsapp users reported problems as of 6 pm ET.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources. Including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outages might be affecting a larger number of users.
(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)
Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California. A flagship service of the namesake company Facebook, Inc. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg. Along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
The founders initially limited membership to Harvard students. Membership was expanded to Columbia, Stanford, and Yale. Before being expanded to the rest of the Ivy League, MIT, NYU, Boston University. Then various other universities in the United States and Canada, and lastly high school students. Since 2006, anyone who claims to be at least 13 years old has been allowed to become a registered user of Facebook. Though this may vary depending on local laws. The name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.