On Monday, two Facebook-owned services, WhatsApp and Instagram, went down, leaving three billion internet users across the world unhappy and unable to connect.
The social tools, including Facebook’s own Messenger software, have been reported as inaccessible since 04:25 p.m. on Monday.
Visitors to Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking sites are greeted with error messages.
On Twitter, @WhatsApp wrote, “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment.
“We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.
“Thanks for your patience!”
@Facebook tweeted, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Also, @InstagramComms wrote on Twitter, “Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it! #instagramdown.”
The Facebook-owned programmes, which have over three billion users worldwide, report occasional breakdowns in March 2021 and July 2020, which frequently generate a torrent of comments on other social networking sites.
Since the Federal Government of Nigeria stopped microblogging website Twitter in June 2021, Nigerians have relied largely on Facebook-owned sites for social connections, but a few others continue to tweet using Virtual Private Networks to circumvent the ban.
Nigeria had over 33 million social media users as of January 2021. WhatsApp is the most popular platform in the country, according to Statista, with over 90 million users. About 61.4 per cent of Nigerians use social media.