Is Snapchat Down? Update As Users Report Outages and Message Errors

Snapchat is the latest social media platform to suffer a major outage. After Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp all suffered in the last month, Snapchat users were dismayed to find their app in a similar position.

Issues ranged from problems posting images, sending messages, while others could not even open the app itself.

According to Snapchat, all services are back up and running, with their full functionality back in place after just a few hours of difficulty.

Much like when the Facebook-owned apps had a six-hour outage, many users took to Twitter to share their confusion over the lack of Snapchat.

Naturally, this led to a great many memes on the subject, with Snapchat users posting brilliant swipes at the app's failure.

Me wondering why my WiFi won’t work but then coming to Twitter and realizing 🥴 #snapchatdown pic.twitter.com/JPhxsKlsnA

— Khushi kul deep♥️ (@khushiii069) October 13, 2021

Is it just me or is snapchat glitching for everyone?? #snapchatdown #Snapchat #snapdown

— Shwetha Satish (@shwetha_2002) October 13, 2021

The app was down all over the world, though in some places the issues seemed to be abating, with users taking to Twitter to reassure their fellow Snapchat fans.

The source of the issue in Snapchat is unclear, but this doesn’t seem to be a Facebook-level event that could take a long time to fix. The app itself is still mostly functional, and if you don’t try to post you may not notice anything is wrong right away.#snapchatdown #snapchat

— Alan Mistê (@AlanMiste) October 13, 2021

Ok guys thanks snapchat is back bye for now #snapchatdown pic.twitter.com/mTYHXNVqtH

— Mahmood doghramachy (@MDoghramachy) October 13, 2021

When Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram had their outages, Twitter's own Twitter account joked about the number of users who quickly moved to its platform.

They simply wrote: "hello literally everyone," which received hundreds of thousands of retweets.

hello literally everyone

— Twitter (@Twitter) October 4, 2021

The outage of these other sites lasted for about six hours and was worldwide, with no one able to post, send messages or, in some cases, open the app.

This time, Twitter did not have any engagement with the Snapchat outage, as it seemingly was not as widespread and had only lasted a short time.

A representative for Snapchat has confirmed to Newsweek that all services are now back up and running again, and the platform sent out its own tweets to confirm this.

The issue has been fixed! If you're still having trouble, please let us know. Happy Snapping!

— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) October 13, 2021

In the tweet, Snapchat asked for feedback if there are further issues and told users who are still unable to use their app to contact the support team.

What Happened to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp?

On October 4, these three apps all had an outage of around six hours.

The three Facebook-owned apps stopped working in a number of ways, meaning users could not send messages, post or even refresh their feeds.

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, posted to the platform to share his apologies and concerns about the outage.

He wrote: "First, the SEV that took down all our services yesterday was the worst outage we've had in years. We've spent the past 24 hours debriefing how we can strengthen our systems against this kind of failure.

"This was also a reminder of how much our work matters to people. The deeper concern with an outage like this isn't how many people switch to competitive services or how much money we lose, but what it means for the people who rely on our services to communicate with loved ones, run their businesses, or support their communities."

There were calls from some, including Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to break the company apart to avoid a similar event.

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A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet. DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty