Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp experienced network problems around the world, including in South Africa, on Wednesday afternoon.
This follows similar outages of popular South African websites such as Takealot.com, MyBroadband and News24.com in the past week.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images and videos on Instagram. We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #instagramdown
— Instagram (@instagram) July 3, 2019
The outages appear to be connected to US cybersecurity firm Cloudflare which has been affected by an outage at telecommunications provider Verizon.
Cloudflare has been responsible for downtime on several websites across the globe the past week, including BuzzFeed, Medium, Soundcloud and Canva.
Last week it blamed its network issues on an outage at telecommunications provider Verizon, and on Tuesday it blamed a “bad software” deployment.
The firm said the issues it is experiencing is not related to a cyber-attack.
Downdetector.com showed that the platforms were particularly hard hit in Europe and the East Coast of the United States.
The first outage issues were reported shortly before 16:00 today.
Users reported that the issues on the social media platforms, all owned and operated by Facebook, appear to be limited only to specific parts of the sites.
Users, for example, report that their feed might load, but that they are not able to post something into it.
If someone tries to post something, an error message appears saying “Photo Can’t Be Posted”.
Adverts on the platforms appear also not to be loading.