FACEBOOK owned apps have been crashing far more over the past year, according to a new report.
Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook were all down recently, causing chaos for billions of users.
According to Business Insider, statistics from outage-monitoring service Downdetector show that the amount of downtime suffered by Facebook’s services has skyrocketed over the past 12 months.
It found that Instagram downtime had nearly doubled in the first six months of 2019 when compared to last year and that Facebook had been offline a shocking 281% more.
When asked if these results were correct and why this keeps happening a Facebook spokesperson told us: “We strive to give the people that use our products and services the best experience possible across our family of apps. At times, we experience temporary disruption in service.
“We work quickly to identify the issue and fix the problem at hand and restore service.”
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Facebook’s response does not explain what is causing the temporary disruptions so for now it remains a mystery.
The company is dealing with the crashes at the same time as trying to move forward from fairly recent scandals and attempting to create one super app comprised of all its core messaging apps – Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram DMs.
Some experts are speculating for themselves why the crashes are happening more often.
James Watters, senior VP of strategy at software firm and consultancy Pivotal, told Business Insider: “We’ve never done this before. We’ve been operating all of these services at a scale that each of these companies never operated at.
“So this year, almost every major web service is bigger than it’s ever been, maybe by an order of magnitude.
“At a high level, I try to have a little humility for the industry. It’s not like this is some solved problem…we’ve never had a web this big before.”
Just last week, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp suffered a 10 hour outage and it is possible that this could happen again.
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