If it seems like error messages have been popping up a lot more frequently on social media sites, you’re not imagining things. Our favourite outlets for procrastination really do appear to be going through a rough patch, and disgruntled internet users have been leapfrogging between platforms to complain.
Now we have some evidence to back up these hunches. According to data from the last 36 months that Ookla’s Downdetector provided to Slate, it appears that outage times for Facebook and its subsidiary platform Instagram did spike in June and July. (Downdetector is a site that provides real-time updates of outages based on user reports.) Instagram, notably, had a major outage for about 12 hours from July 16 to July 17.
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