Washington: Services of social media platforms Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered a global disruption for over seven hours from Monday evening till the early hours of Tuesday.
This was the longest ever disruption in Facebook services. Couples with sensational allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook ignored security precautions in order to prioritize profit, the social media giant has faced a massive blow in the last few hours.
The double whammy has proved to be extremely costly for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He has lost more than seven billion dollars during the seven hours when Facebook services suffered a global disruption.
As a result, Mark Zuckerberg has been knocked down by one spot in the list of the world's richest people. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Zuckerberg is currently at number five, one spot below Bill Gates.
A week ago, Mark Zuckerberg's net worth was 140 billion dollars. The index says his net worth has fallen to 121.8 billion dollars in just a few hours.
Facebook stocks, which have gone down by around 15% since the second week of September, went down further by around 4.9% on Monday,
Earlier on Tuesday, Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram resumed normal service after several hours of disruption.
Apologising for the disruption in the services of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram, tech giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that services are returning online on Tuesday.
"Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. "Sorry for the disruption today -- I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about," he said.
Taking to Twitter early on Tuesday, WhatsApp said: "Apologies to everyone who hasn't been able to use WhatsApp today. We're starting to slowly and carefully get WhatsApp working again. Thank you so much for your patience. We will continue to keep you updated when we have more information to share."
Users started reporting that Instagram, WhatsApp and other services under the Facebook corporate umbrella are now accessible as normal for the first time since about 11:30 EST on Monday when reports of the outage and disrupted services began pouring in, according to Sputnik.
Earlier, a site that monitors reports of outages across the internet, Downdetector, said the Facebook service outage is the largest it has ever seen.
The company said in a post on Monday, "The largest outage we've ever seen on Downdetector with over 10.6 million problem reports from all over the globe."
The US-led the world in the number of reports for disrupted service of more than 1.7 million, followed by Germany at 1.3 million reports and the Netherlands at 9,15,000 reports.
Monday's outage has left several services under the Facebook corporate umbrella, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, inaccessible.
Meanwhile, Telegram said on Twitter that users of its messenger in some regions, amid large-scale outages on Facebook, may experience problems loading chats and receiving notifications,
It said the company apologises for the inconvenience.