Many Nigerians Left Stranded Over Facebook, Whatsapp Instagram Shutdown

Many Nigerians Left Stranded Over Facebook, Whatsapp Instagram Shutdown

The shutdown of Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram left millions of Nigerian social media users stranded.

Although the services are back, some Nigerians were left wondering, adding to the issue of the current restriction of Twitter in the country. Many had even thought it was a network problem as they were swapping their service providers and restarting their devices before being told that it was not a network problem.

The social tools including Facebook’s own Messenger service were first reported as not being available from 04:25pm on Monday. The development left some three billion online users frustrated and unable to connect all over the world.

Users visiting the social platforms owned by Silicon Valley guru Mark Zuckerberg are confronted with error messages.

Reacting to the development, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went on Twitter to notify its billions of users that they are “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

“Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible,” Also, Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, Mike Schroepfe, tweeted.

This is not the first time the Facebook-owned apps reported outages. In March 2021 and July 2020 but both were resolved within an hour while Monday’s shutdown is entering a record five hours as of the time of filing this report.

Since the suspension of microblogging site Twitter by the Federal Government of Nigeria in June 2021, Nigerians have migrated heavily to Facebook-owned platforms for social interactions while a few others continue to tweet, circumventing the ban using Virtual Private Networks.

However, many had to use VPN to be on Twitter, which experienced a record return on Monday. The situation see many stranded, social media-thirsty Nigerians bombarded the platform despite the current Twitter ban. Nigeria has about 33 million active social media users as of January 2021, according to Statista.

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