Nigerians and frequent users all over the world went into panic mode around midday on Monday as Whats App, the world’s favorite free chat platform went down temporarily .
Facebook and Instagram and Messenger were also all affected in the major outage
The social network and the Facebook-owned platforms all stopped working around 11:30 a.m. ET Monday morning according to the site Down Detector. The outage affected nearly 7 billion users between the three platforms.
Users going to Facebook’s site saw an error page or an onscreen message that said, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
Instagram and WhatsApp are not showing new or updated content. On Instagram, messages including “Couldn’t Refresh Feed” or “5xx Server Error” appeared.
But the company took to Twitter and 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.”
Nigerians on edge over Whatsapp
Nigerians depend on What’s App to reach their friends and loved ones both locally and around the world.
They will keep their eyes glued on the news and on their phones, as they await the return of Whats App, “the mother of all free calls Apps.”