Social media users across the African continent, as well as the rest of the world, have been trying to connect to popular social media services – Facebook and Instagram. While the WhatsApp service is still running, the reasons behind the outage have not been brought to light by the service providers.
Popular photo and video sharing platform Instagram, owned by Facebook, acknowledged the problem by tweeting the following: “We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.”
The mobile versions of both sites are not available as well. When accessing the mobile app a message appears that reads: “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
Social media platform Twitter has been lit up with many users ultilising the hashtag #facebookdown.
Update: After an hour of downtime, Facebook and Instagram services are now back online. While no official statement has been released, infamous hacking group “LizardSquad” has stated they were behind the attack. This is according to an article published by BBC.co.uk.