Social media platforms had a bit of a meltdown on July 3.
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter were all experiencing various issues.
Users reported bugs, such as images not loading on Instagram and problems with Twitter direct messages, including the app showing notifications for unread DMs that weren’t there when users checked their inbox.
Issues on Facebook and Twitter were happening in pockets worldwide, according to Down Detector, which tracks issues and outages on a variety of sites.
It’s unclear what caused issues on Twitter and Facebook apps. Facebook said it was investigating the problem, but noted it’s not the result of a cyber attack. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #facebookdown
In March, Facebook was hit with a partial outage affecting users globally that stretched for almost 24 hours. The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage. The interruption also extended to its other services, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Users Voice Outrage After Outage
On Twitter, people are voicing outrage. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are the top trending hashtags on the social media site.
“Zuckerberg and his cohorts are not very smart, can’t seem to fix problem in short amount of time. Guess they are struggling,” wrote one person on Downdetector.com.
“Can’t load anything, can’t post an I live in Pennsylvania but u can’t look at anything can’t see any pics nothing can’t even load anything on Instagram either only thing that works is WhatsApp, the whole entire day,” wrote another.
Me trying to kill my last hour at work with Facebook and Instagram down pic.twitter.com/k1VxVWMwfV
— Ex Parte Partaaaay ⚖️???????????????? (@theExParteParty) July 3, 2019
*Images not sending on WhatsApp*
Me: *checks Wi-Fi*
disconnects from Wi-Fi
*reconnects to Wi-Fi
*checks Facebook & Instagram
*finally checks Twitter
— Anurag yadav (@Anuragy4567) July 3, 2019
Another person speculated: “July is the month that FB starts charging for pics. If you share one, the shared pic is only half price.”
“Can’t see any pictures. Not uploading it just stops midway!” said another.
Tried sending a picture on WhatsApp, didn’t work.
Then went onto Facebook messenger, also didn’t work.
Finally Instagram DM, again didn’t work.
— Safwan AhmedMia (@SuperSaf) July 3, 2019
Facebook and insta are largely down for most of the country and let me just say thank god for twitter. I almost went out side today. I almost saw the sun. PHEW close call
— ????CYCLOPS ARMY EP OUT NOW???? (@Subtronics) July 3, 2019
— bianca_m (@bianca_m4) July 3, 2019
Added one: “Guys it’s been over 4 hours and pics not showing and loading is slow or not loading at all. frustrated? could be more than that! phones are on fire!”
“Not all images are showing on Fb, Insta or WhatsApp. Just shows refresh arrow. Come on Facebook,” said another.
“Must be a sign that we all need to just abandon these social networks altogether,” one person opined.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips and the CNN Wire contributed to this report.