15 Twitter reactions to the WhatsApp and Instagram blackout yesterday

It happened just like most tragedies do: unexpected. Yesterday, the 4th of October, 2021 in the year of our Lord, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram went offline across the globe for close to 8 hours. The company’s family of platforms went cold at approximately 12:40 pm GMT.

The effect was immediate and palpable. Some businesses, especially those of the E-commerce kind, ground to a halt. From entertainment to health and commerce to communications, the outage of these popular social media platforms could be felt by everyone.

What could have made Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms go wonky? We still do not know for sure. No reason has been given by Facebook yet other than an apology.

Service came trickling in dollops late Monday night with the band of companies sending out this statement.

“To everyone who was affected by the outages on our platforms today: we’re sorry,” the company said. “We know billions of people and businesses around the world depend on our products and services to stay connected. We appreciate your patience as we come back online.”

Not much of a technical response or reason as to the cause of the outage, right? For now, users are getting ‘re-acquainted’ with what they missed out on during the blackout.

However, while Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms received no traffic other popular platforms such as Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube were very much up and going. Micro-blogging platform Twitter especially had the majority of users sharing their feelings and experiences with the then on-going blackout. Some posts were funny, some witty and others very thought-provoking.

Here are 15 Twitter reactions to WhatsApp and Instagram’s blackout yesterday.

1. Vawuleeeence.

2. We want FREE broadband. Free!

3. Guess we got our reason.

4. “It reeks of conspiracy, Watson,” said Sherlock.

5. Look to the stars?

6. Red Devil fans always gotta devil.

7. My in! Kikiki!

8. Mean!

9. Twitter assemble!

10. Truly.

11. Allow us to deflect in peace.

12. Chop-chop, form one logologo line.

13. Leave us alone!

14. They did do that, didn’t they?

15. A job well done.


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