'Imagine a world where Facebook stayed down forever': Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp users respond to global outage

·3-min read

People around the world started off the work week with an outage on popular social media applications Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Just before 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday, the social media platforms slowly started to come back online for users around the world.

"We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products," a statement posted on Facebook's Twitter account just after 12:00 p.m. ET reads. "We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

"We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment," a message posted by WhatsApp, around the same time, reads. "We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible."

This outage came after a CBS 60 Minutes interview with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen aired on Sunday, where she states that the company, who owns Instagram and WhatsApp as well, "chooses profit over safety."

“The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world," Haugen said.

With the influx of people heading to Twitter as their social media platform of choice, with the other popular platforms down, that also caused a glitch on Twitter's end, but was fixed by the company just before 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday.

"Sometimes more people than usual use Twitter," a message from the company reads. "We prepare for these moments, but today things didn't go exactly as planned."

As people around the world waited and see if Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp became operational again, many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the outage.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting