Facebook and Instagram suffer a global drop in their services | Technology

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Facebook and Instagram, Meta’s two star social networks, are causing problems for their users, who have reported problems accessing these platforms. According to the website DownDetector, specialized in detecting mishaps in services connected to the internet in real time, users cannot access the platforms. The Facebook Messenger service also had problems. The aforementioned applications have recorded reports of poor service since 4:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time. The peak of incidents was recorded half an hour later, and an hour later the situation began to normalize.

The problems that Facebook users have reported are, essentially, failures to log in. Among Instagram users, these types of complaints have also accounted for the majority. Facebook Messenger, an application little used in Spain, but very popular in the US, where it rivals WhatsApp as the most used instant messaging channel, has also had problems. Users were also unable to access Threads, Meta’s alternative to X (formerly Twitter). Elon Musk, head of X, took the opportunity to mock his business rivals with a couple of tweets.

In one of them he made fun of Andy Stone, spokesperson for Meta, who recognized in X: “We are aware that people have problems accessing our services. “We are working on this now.” The services status page Meta commercials reported a series of problems, including “major interruptions” in the group administration center, Facebook login, or the commercial service of WhatsApp, another application from the company run by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook is, with more than 3 billion active users, the most popular social network in the world. Instagram, for its part, accumulates 2,000 million, the same as WhatsApp, also from Meta. Facebook Messenger attracts 900 million users.

However, the fall of these services has coincided with reports of problems (less numerous) on other global platforms, like google, Gmail or YouTube, which could be due to a more general infrastructure problem. This latest video website, owned by Alphabet, has recognized in X which was trying to solve access problems for some users.

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