WhatsApp and Instagram are down worldwide

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WhatsApp and Instagram are currently offline worldwide. So if you are having trouble messaging your friends and family, or get a “5xx Server Error” on Instagram, you aren’t alone.

WhatsApp and Instagram down
5XX Server down error on Instagram
A screenshot of Instagram showing 5XX Server Error

At the time of publishing this article, #WhatsApp and #Instagramdown had gone trending on Twitter. Users around the world expressed their feelings regarding the downtime.

It’s unclear what could be causing WhatsApp and Instagram to go offline worldwide at the same time. According to us at iLounge, it most likely looks like a network side issue at Facebook’s datacentre where WhatsApp and Instagram might be hosted on the same network. After all, both of them belong to Facebook.

WhatsApp QR code generator not working on Desktop
WhatsApp QR code not generating on its Desktop App

When trying to connect to the WhatsApp desktop version, the QR code also continued to fail to generate.

Such downtime can cause the company a huge loss in revenue. According to statista, Instagram has generated over $18 billion in 2021, breaking all its previous records. That being said, Instagram could be losing millions due to a few minutes of downtime.

No official statements have been provided for the downtime caused. As this story is still developing, we are to update this article as soon as new information is available.

Update: According to rumors, WhatsApp and Instagram servers are under a DDOS attack from China.

https://twitter.com/LFC_Guru/status/1372972779746770948

Update: According to new reports on Twitter, it appears that many Facebook users around the world are having trouble accessing Messenger and Facebook as well.

https://twitter.com/UNITEDEXTRA_/status/1372973050380095491
https://twitter.com/ZoeMichelle1989/status/1372964592738000907

Update: Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger are all back online. The reason for the downtime remains unknown.

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James Patterson

James Patterson is an Editor at iLounge. He has written about technology and lifestyle for over 15 years, including news, reviews, and in-depth guides. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Birmingham.