Facebook and Instagram have been Suffering Unusual Outages this Year and it's Quite Concerning!

You might have noticed that over the last year, Facebook and the apps it owns have been crashing quite frequently, resulting in the 2.7 billion users suffering from inconvenience.

Shockingly, the downtime of Instagram has witnessed an increase of almost 90% in the first half of 2019, as compared to 2018’s first six months. The percentage for Facebook has grown by almost 281% for the same time period.

The image crashing across Facebook and its apps earlier this month was among the most recent examples of this fiasco.

The data breaches and other scandals that surfaced during the last couple of years and the ever-increasing number of outages have frustrated the people and caused them to lose patience and trust in the product.

In a statement to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson explained that their goal is to provide a smooth user experience and although, there can be interruptions at time, the people at Facebook quickly work on the issue to get it resolved. The spokesperson passed the opportunity of commenting on the recent outages.


Facebook and Instagram have been Suffering Unusual Downtimes this Year and it's Quite Concerning!

Downdetector, an Ookla owned internet metric-measuring firm, keeps tabs on website and app outages. How it works is that users submit reports to Downdetector when a platform goes down. It maintains the data of outages over time as well to craft patterns. The data is displayed publicly.

Although Downdetector doesn’t demonstrate the total hours of downtime for any platform, it shared indexed data with Business Insider that matches with the downtime.

According to the data, there was a 277% increase in downtime for Instagram in Q2 of 2018 as compared to 2017’s Q2. For Q3 and Q4, there were respective increases of 77% and 442%. Enter 2019, the outage time in Q1 went up by a whopping 545%. Luckily, there was just a rise of 3% in Q2 2019, as compared to Q2 2018.


Facebook, on the other hand, is much more stable than Instagram, experiencing a rise in outage of 324% year on year in Q1 2019 and 208% in Q2.

What’s even more concerning is the fact that Facebook and Instagram have been crashing more than their competitors such as Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat’s major outage last month was due to the crashing of Google Cloud, on which Snapchat depends on technically.



Some of the most recent outrages include the massive crashing of Facebook, Messenger and Instagram for hours in March, the mid-April outage, followed by the one in May and then, the photo fiasco this month.

It should be noted that there are people and businesses that rely on Facebook and its apps as these platforms are their source of revenue so an outage, even a minor one, can cause an unbearable loss.

Facebook has also been severely criticized for declining to offer explanations regarding the outages.

It should also be brought up that the effects of Tech Giants encountering an outage are now being noticed more prominently, considering how dominant they have become over the years.

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