Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are back after ‘technical issue’March 19, 2021
Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger appear to be working again after widespread issues plagued the apps for roughly an hour on Friday. Issues started to pop up at the three Facebook-owned apps around 10 a.m. PT, according to reports on DownDetector.
People, including us here at CNET, ran into errors when trying to send messages on WhatsApp and Messenger. The Instagram app wasn’t showing new posts and instead said “Couldn’t Refresh Feed,” and some reported seeing a “5xx Server Error” on the desktop version of the site.
Facebook said the issues have now been resolved, but didn’t provide specifics on what caused the problems.
“Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have trouble accessing some Facebook services,” said a spokesperson for the company in an emailed statement. “We resolved this issue for everyone, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
In a tweet earlier on Friday, the Facebook Gaming account said there were “a number of issues currently affecting Facebook products, including gaming streams.”
In usual fashion, many people turned to other social media sites to commiserate, sparking trending topics on Twitter.