Social media disruption occurred on July 3, involving WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. Technical issues were resolved in a few hours, but users from all over the world were affected by the disruption. During this glitch, users encountered a lot of problems, one of which, Facebook power outage showed their AI tag images on Facebook and Instagram, two, pranks played on WhatsApp, creating a panic of fake information.
During the power outage, many users in India received false news, saying that WhatsApp was down due to “excessive use of usernames on WhatsApp” and shut down every night from 11:30 to 6:00 and asked users to forward the message. Go to their contact list. The message also shows that if omitted, the user’s account will be deleted within 48 hours. It further stated that in order to reactivate after 48 hours, the user would have to pay 499 rupees, which would be deducted from their bill. The sender of these texts claimed that this was information from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.