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WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram restored in Pakistan after brief outage

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  • All Meta-owned social media platforms restored.
  • Restoration was done within minutes of outage.
  • Social platforms were down earlier this week as well.

Meta-owned social media platforms WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook have been restored in Pakistan after several users reported that they could not access them.

The social media platforms were restored within minutes of the outage. Hunderes of people had reported that they could not access the platforms, according to Downdetector.com.

The outages that people reported in Pakistan on Downdetector. — Downdetector.com
The outages that people reported in Pakistan on Downdetector. — Downdetector.com

Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources including user-submitted errors on its platform. 

The outage comes just two days after Instagram was down for users across the globe and was restored hours after. The social platform said it fixed the “bug” that was causing trouble to users.

Before that, Meta Platforms’ social media platforms were down last Friday as well. Later, the company said it had fixed the issue that was preventing users from accessing the platforms.

“Earlier today, a configuration change caused some people to have trouble accessing our products,” a Meta spokesperson said.

More than 11,000 users across Instagram, Facebook and Messenger had reported issues with accessing the apps, sending messages and logging into their accounts, according to Downdetector.

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VPNs, X, and Slow Internet Services Are Still Blocked in Pakistan

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Users are reporting poor performance on numerous social media sites due to widespread slowdowns in internet access. Furthermore, X (previously Twitter) has been inaccessible for the past six days, despite the Sindh High Court’s directive to allow access. In the meantime, Pakistan is blocking VPN services.

X Remains Unblockable

On February 17, 2024, the Pakistani government first prohibited access to X when it was discovered that Rawalpindi’s Commissioner had rigged election results. The block is still in effect, even though there has been no official announcement or explanation for it. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the prohibition, the administration has not yet disclosed any plans for reinstatement. Furthermore, officials are giving media outlets conflicting information about the limitations.

Blocked VPN Services

Virtual private network (VPN) services are being widely blocked nationwide, which exacerbates the problem. Apart from limiting accessibility to X, the government has initiated the banning of prominent VPN providers, impeding users’ capacity to establish connections with any server.

sluggish internet access

There is a noticeable slowdown in internet speeds and a decline in performance across Pakistan. The problem hasn’t been acknowledged by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), nevertheless. Even though internet service providers (ISPs) insist there aren’t any outages, consumers on social media sites are nonetheless complaining about poor access.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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Elections 2024: On February 8, a “suspension” of cellphone and internet services was suggested.

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The suggestion was made at the meeting of the ECP, which was convened to examine the state of law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, there was a suggestion to cut back on mobile and internet service in vulnerable sections of the nation in time for the general elections in 2024.

The election candidates’ security was also a topic of discussion during the conference, and CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja voiced his worries about the rise in attacks on political gatherings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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