Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are finally back online and working properly

After nearly 12 hours, Facebook has finally fixed the bugs and outages affecting Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp on Wednesday. If you’ve had trouble accessing pictures or uploading video on the platforms, the outage is the reason why. All three platforms should now be working properly.

Photos and videos on all three services were either broken, not viewable, or difficult to upload. Some people have also reported that mobile apps for each of the networks were crashing as well.

The problems began at 5:45 a.m. PT on Wednesday morning and continued well into the afternoon. Facebook said the issue was resolved and “we should be back at 100%” just after 5 p.m. PT.

Down Detector had been inundated with reports of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp outages mainly affecting U.S. and European users, though people across the world have complained of issues with their images. More than 80% of users reported specific issues with photos on Facebook.

According to those reports, the vast majority of problems with Instagram involved the app’s news feed, as well as uploading and viewing photos.

WhatsApp users are having issues with sending or receiving messages and with the app’s connection to servers. 

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos, and other files on our apps,” Facebook wrote in a statement on Twitter earlier Wednesday morning. “We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

“During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business.

We reached out to Facebook for additional details, but have yet to hear back.

Facebook is the parent company to both Instagram and WhatsApp. Combined, the three platforms have more than 4 billion users.

Twitter had its own issues Wednesday morning: some users were having problems sending and receiving direct messages, according to the Twitter Support account. By 3:30 p.m. PT, Twitter said the issue was “almost at 100% resolved” and that DM functionality should be restored.

Even with the DM problems, users took to Twitter to joke about the outage of the internet’s most popular social networks using the hashtag #facebookdown. As you might imagine, images (including GIFs) seemed to be working fine.

In March, the three networks had an outage that lasted 15 hours, which was the worst outage in Facebook’s history. Facebook said in a tweet that the reason for that particular outage was a server configuration change. 

Cloudflare, a cloud computing company, also experienced a worldwide outage Tuesday that affected sites like Discord, FlightRadar, Coinbase Pro, and more. 

Social Media

Instagram is crashing repeatedly for some users. Here’s the latest on the outage

Thousands of Instagram users said Tuesday that the social media app was repeatedly crashing or not opening at all, the third time in just over a month that the social network has experienced issues.
News

The U.S. Senate really doesn’t like Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans

Facebook Libra had its first big regulatory test when Calibra head David Marcus appeared before the Senate Banking Committee. It didn’t go well. Senators of both parties had major concerns about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency.
Social Media

Here’s why Twitter went down for an hour earlier on Thursday

Twitter is finally back online after going down for users around the globe late Thursday morning. The hour-long disruption made Twitter the latest major social media network to go offline over the past month
News

Reddit is finally back online after an hours-long desktop outage

Reddit is back online for desktop users after an hours-long outage early Thursday morning. Reddit's status page said it was still investigating some residual issues, so users may still have some trouble accessing the site. 
News

Expedia warns travelers of customer service refund scam

Scammers are posing as employees of Expedia to take money from unknowing consumers. Expedia Group and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to warn consumers of these scams that have been reported within the last several days.
Smart Home

The Sutro smart pool monitor is reportedly six weeks away from shipping

The Sutro Smart Pool Monitor first appeared in 2015 as part of TechCrunch's Hardware Battle and has been in development since then. According to a recent report, the company plans to ship within six weeks.
News

FaceApp says it won’t hold on to your face photos. Should you trust it?

If you use FaceApp, you've given its parent company permission to use your face photos for pretty much anything -- even though the app-maker says it won't use them for nefarious purposes or sell them to a third party.
Emerging Tech

6 questions we have about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain interface technology

Elon Musk's Neuralink sounds like an exciting leap forward for human-computer relations, but brain implants raise the specter of Black Mirror-esque privacy invasions. We have a few questions about how this would work.
Movies & TV

Apple TV+: Everything we know about Apple’s Netflix-style streaming service

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing for its streaming service Apple TV+, and now we know some details about where and when we'll be able to see it. Here's everything we know about Apple TV+ so far.
Mobile

Stalking apps: Google deletes 7 Android trackers from the Play Store

Google has removed from the Play Store seven stalking apps that could track someone's phone without them knowing about it. The sneaky software also offers access to a phone's contact list, as well as its SMS and call history.
Mobile

Uber’s in-car shopping service now sells way more than just snacks

The Cargo Box launched in 2018 to offer Uber drivers an easy way to sell snacks and drinks to riders. The service is now expanding to include lots more items, including tech products and travel accessories.
Cars

The last two affordable station wagons in America are about to retire

Volkswagen confirmed it will stop making the Golf Sportwagen and the Golf Alltrack by the end of 2019. Both station wagons are at the end of their life cycle, but they won't be replaced because they compete in a shrinking segment of the…
Home Theater

Netflix raised prices and lost customers. Can a mobile-only plan win them back?

As customers fled Netflix after its latest price hikes, the company announced that a mobile-only streaming plan is coming to India -- and, just maybe, revealed how it will get those subscribers back.
Computing

Microsoft’s new HoloLens hologram can do language translation

Microsoft has further developed its HoloLens hologram technology to include a language translation feature. This new capability was demonstrated this week at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas.