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Americans concerned after Meta apps Facebook and Instagram shut down

Meta spokesperson apologizes for outage
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Meta apps Facebook and Instagram (Photo credit: / Koshiro K)

Americans have, once again, put on their conspiracy caps as Meta apps Facebook and Instagram shut down for an extended period on March 5. The two popular social websites had reported outages for about an hour between 7:14 a.m. and 8:29 a.m., according to the DownDector. Multiple users on the DownDector website shared their conspiracies in the comment section.

“We are back in business after the entire Metaverse went down worldwide for an hour,” Katy S commented. “On a politically charged day in the U.S.: Super Tuesday. Coincidence? I think not. It begs the question: who has the power to execute the Metaverse for that period of time? This was an act of aggression.”

Other people had a different conspiracy, as the social media crash came nearly two weeks after AT&T lost service for most of the day on Feb. 22.

“First AT&T and now Facebook and Instagram …” Shaughn_A2 posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Will a #CyberAttack start occurring every other day now?”

So many people echoed similar sentiments to the point the phrase “First AT&T” began trending on X with nearly 70,000 posts.

“Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have difficulty accessing some of our services,” Meta spokesperson Andy Stone posted on X. “We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

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