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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram down amid widespread reports of internet shutdown

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Facebook services were shut down at 9 pm on Monday, according to a report by outage tracker Down Detector. The tracker noted widespread outages including Twitter, Google and Jio; But while we were able to access other sites, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger were the only ones that were consistently unavailable when Gadgets 360 employees tried to access these apps. At this starting point, it is unclear what caused these issues, but it appears to be a global outage, as reports on Down Detector’s US website are similar.

Looking at the reports on the site, it seems that the issue started about half an hour ago, at 9 pm; In a span of 10 minutes, there were over 18,000 reports about WhatsApp being shut down. In recent times, we have seen several such interruptions due to CDN issues, with Akamai and Fastly being the two most recent; A recent outage in July led to a host of services ranging from Zomato to Disney+ Hotstar, PSN, Steam, Paytm and more.

However, given that the problem seems to be most acute with Facebook services, it could be an issue the social media giant is facing. We will update this article as more details emerge.

This is a developing article.

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