Reasons Behind Outages in Meta Owned Platforms

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After a global Instagram outage where users were unable to log into their accounts and if they did, they noticed a sharp drop in their followers, the platform’s parent company released a statement. Meta, in a statement, announced that the reason for the bug was the recent configuration change made by the company. Recently, the messaging platform WhatsApp also faced an outage.

Yesterday users encountered an error “we have suspended your account on October 31, 2022”. If users tried to recover the account, the social media platform would show “Account does not exist”. If somehow users managed to log in, they would see a huge drop in the list of subscribers.

Although it appears the outage started much earlier than that, Downdetector, a well-known website that tracks outages like these, suggests the outage peaked around 8:00 PM IST with up to 2,350 users. reporting issues with Instagram. Up to 74% of users reported having difficulty logging into the service. Naturally, a large number of users have flocked to Twitter to report the issues they have encountered.

Taking to the micro-blogging platform, Instagram said, “We are aware that some of you are having issues accessing your Instagram account,” Instagram Comms tweeted, adding, “We are reviewing the matter and looking into it. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.”

Recently, Whatsapp, which is also owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), has also experienced connection problems in some parts of the world, due to which the Indian government has requested a detailed report to check if there is influence of cyber attacks on the platform. However, the company said some technical errors caused a 100-minute outage.

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