The holy trinity of Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp stopped working for a bit last night (Singapore time), leading to bouts of mild hysteria (cue the eruption of hashtags #instagramdown #whatsappdown #facebookdown) and with many taking to Twitter (ironically) to vent their frustration. Many were unable to upload images or videos onto Instagram or Facebook, while on Whatsapp, some were unable to send photos, videos and voice messages.
Facebook, which runs all three platforms, has said that the issue was triggered “during one of [its] routine maintenance operations”. The last time the trio suffered a major outage was in March, with some users around the globe facing trouble accessing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for over 24 hours. Facebook blamed that problem on a server issue.
The next time this happens (and it most likely will, because, technology), you don’t have to decry your existence, go into a meltdown and ponder whether your life is over. Remember life before social media was ever created? It was beautiful then too. Here are some things you can do now that you’re not scrolling endlessly through your feeds.
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