Facebook Inc social media companies; Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram experienced a long outage across Nigeria and other parts of the world on Wednesday.
Multitudes of social media-savvy citizens witnessed a rare crisis.
While these extremely used platforms had a temporary breakdown, many flooded Twitter to celebrate, despair or express deep suspicions over the outages.
Snapchat, another popular encrypted messaging app, was also down on Wednesday.
During those hours, some people, resident in the U.S. who tried to log into Facebook found themselves confronted with a note that said the company was down for “required maintenance” and that “Facebook Will Be Back Soon.”
Ironically, Facebook employees also turned to Twitter to let users know that there was an issue.
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” the company tweeted. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Instagram issued a similar tweet, saying it knew the situation was “frustrating” and that the company was hard at work to resolve it.
Some people suspected that the outages indicated there was a sweeping cyberattack on the social media sites.