New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…

Original story (published on March 19, 2021) follows:

Instagram and WhatsApp just went down, seemingly across the world, and this is pretty evident from various ‘down detector’ sites that have seen a huge spike in their graphs owing to thousands of reports.

The outage apparently began around 10 minutes ago (around 10:55 PM IST) and has still not been resolved as of the time of this article’s writing. Nonetheless, other apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are still running just fine.


Moreover, Twitter and other social media platforms have also just been swarmed by thousands of recent tweets all ranting about the Instagram and WhatsApp outage and demanding answers.

The fact Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are down makes no difference to me at all… not like anyone messages anyways

Am I the only who restart mobile 2 times , turn off wifi nd on mobile data and then again on wifi nd even switched off wifi before knowing that messaging apps has been down.

In case you’re wondering about what the error 5xx actually even means, it is an indication that there is a problem with the server. When you access a website, your browser sends a request to the target website’s server, and no response from it throws out the error.

Nonetheless, details regarding the outage are still not out but we are waiting on any form of official confirmation. Hence, you would want to stay tuned to PiunikaWeb.

And of course, you can continue sticking to alternatives like Twitter, Snapchat, and Telegram until the issue is finally resolved.

Update 1 (March 19)

11:53 pm (IST): The outage lasted for almost an hour but is finally over for both Instagram and WhatsApp. A reason for the issue has still not been given out though.

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Zohaib Ahmed
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Simply love being surrounded by technology as it's a constant reminder of how far humans have advanced as a race. Every new development feels exciting, which I convey to others through writing. And after a day's work, gaming just feels therapeutic.

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