On March 13, the interweb was celebrating WWW Day or “30 years of I
Facebook, on the other hand, decided to celebrate it by bringing back the old login page from 2004.
The World Wide Web turns 30 today! To celebrate, we’re marking the moment in 2004 that Facebook first went online from @Harvard when the web was just 15-yrs-old. #Web30 #ForTheWeb pic.twitter.com/g4lYpS3v7u— Facebook (@facebook) March 12, 2019
However, later during the day, specifically around 5 PM, Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp started experiencing issues.
Facebook didn’t specify why this was happening…
We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
…However, we suspect that the issue could be linked to the recent reports by The Guardian, that all of Facebook’s messaging apps will be merged in the near future to become one unified app.
While Facebook won’t say why this happened, people on Twitter are figuring it out:
Found the real reason Facebook and Instagram are down pic.twitter.com/lbnVFQcofU— Joseph Oliver Sterling (@JSterlingNY) March 14, 2019
This whole ordeal is unfortunate for Facebook, and it took seven hours to get fixed. Yet, some users are still reporting issues.
Other social media platforms were happy, as one Twitter user put it:
Telegram got almost three millions new signups during the outage period.
Finally, one Twitter user announced his survival story book for April 1st.
Either way, the memes, jokes, and conspiracy theories are everywhere. And for a second, we thought the lizard people started
Update: We finally got the reason why Facebook’s family of apps were down.
Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.— Facebook (@facebook) March 14, 2019