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The Houthi Rebel Cut The Global Internet Cables, Massive Internet Disconnections Ensues

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A few hours ago, the Houthi rebels reportedly cut off internet connection cables in the Red Sea. As per the report, the severance will affect Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This included Asia-Europe 1, Europe-India gateway, Seacom and TGN-Gulf, and Hong Gong-based HGC Global Communications.

It further stated that the terrorist group damaged 4 out of the 15 cables, critical for international communication. As a result, several key infrastructures recorded outages. For example, X, YouTube, and Google services are not available in some places. While WhatsApp, Instagram, Threads, and TikTok are widely out.

The Houthi Rebels Cause Massive Outage

The world’s internet users are currently experiencing a massive outage on Meta social platforms, including Facebook and Instagram as well as its growing app Threads. Early this morning, users across the globe received an error message on websites that ‘something went wrong’ and to try again later.

Shortly after users complained on X, the Meta communications director Andy Stone confirmed the outage in a post on X, noting, “We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services, We are working on this now”.

This confirmation lightens the moods of users across the globe after Andy confirms the situation, however, all Meta platforms experienced an outage for more than 2 hours.

Meta Internet Issues Resolved

Meta says it has resolved an issue(unspecified) that prevented people from accessing services such as Facebook, Instagram, and Threads. The internet problem appears to have started at around 10 AM ET, with outage reports for the services (and WhatsApp) spiking lots of discontent.

Facebook hiked up several members of the Engadget team back to the site’s login screen and left them unable to sign back in for a couple of hours. However, fellow major Meta service WhatsApp was working for some selected few depending on the locations.

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