As all Facebook services suffered a short outage about the planet, WhatsApp’s rival Signal jumped in to “welcome everyone”.
In a tweet, the cross-platform messaging app mentioned: “Signal registrations are through the roof; welcome everyone! Solidarity to the folks working on the WhatsApp outage. People outside of the tech industry will never understand how weird it sounds when someone says that they are “seeking forward to some weekend downtime.”
On Friday evening, a lot of customers of the Facebook services – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger – had posted on Twitter about not becoming in a position to log into any of these social media platforms or open the web pages for practically an hour.
According to web site outage tracker Downdetector, the challenges began to be noticed by customers at about 10.30 pm on Friday, March 19 – as of 11.30pm IST they began to be functional once more.
The non-profit Signal Foundation based in Silicon Valley, which at present oversees the app, was launched in February 2018 with Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp ahead of promoting it to Facebook, giving initial funding of $50 million.