By Arogbonlo Israel
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are currently down for many users.
The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working.
When Vanguard visited the Facebook website, there was an error page, that is, a message that their browser could not connect.
The WhatsApp and Instagram apps continued to work, but did not show new content, including any messages sent or received during the problems.
Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
Facebook derived its name from the face book directories often given to American university students.
In April 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock.
Instagram (from Facebook) allows you to create and share your photos, stories, and videos with the friends and followers you care about.
In 2014, Facebook also acquired WhatsApp for approximately US$19.3 billion.
The platfrom has become the primary means of internet communication in multiple locations, including Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and large parts of Europe and Africa.
Facebook has been instrumental to the flow of information globally over these years.