For a while (approximately an hour) on Tuesday, two giant Internet social networking sites Facebook and Instagram suddenly went offline. This immediately triggered some panic among their users, with more posting afterward on the microblogging site Twitter about the “social media meltdown.”
With no timely explanation from Facebook or it’s spokespeople about the error message that most users saw on their screens, theories quickly started circulating that it was a hacking incident. However, the fact that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, also went down, led to many assumptions that the major failure was due to something that originated within the company itself.
The outage also gave rise to a numerous jokes on Twitter, with some users wondering what they would do if Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM and Hipchat would never come back online again. Some even blamed the outage on the blizzard that was hitting parts of the USA while others wondered where they would post their selfies since Instagram was down. Some users even described the outage as the arrival of the “Internet apocalypse.”
Lizard Squad, which bought down the Sony and Microsoft Xbox gaming networks over the holidays, also tried to take advantage of the shutdown, claiming that they caused it. Members of the hacker group even took to Twitter and posted a photo and tweet that read “Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad.”
After Facebook and its associated services like Instagram and Tinder came back online again within an hour, a spokesperson from the company said the outage was due to a “change that affected our configuration systems and not because of any hack attack.”
The Facebook spokesman also stated that the company quickly moved to fix the problem and that “both services are back to 100% for everyone.”
The Almost “Internet Apocalypse” Facebook, Instagram Down Causes Panic.