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Is LinkedIn Down? Users Panic as LinkedIn Faces Widespread Outage Following Facebook and Instagram’s Super Tuesday Fiasco

In a bizarre turn of events, LinkedIn, the prominent business and employment-focused social media platform, faced a significant outage on Wednesday, just a day after the Meta network, which owns Facebook and Instagram, experienced a massive disruption. The incident left users scrambling to access the site, raising concerns about the reliability of major social media platforms.

Reports started flooding in around 3:40 p.m. ET, with more than 46,000 users complaining about their inability to log into LinkedIn, according to Down Detector. The outage seemed to have a global impact, affecting users in multiple countries. LinkedIn’s outage came hot on the heels of the Facebook and Instagram outage on Super Tuesday, leaving many questioning the stability of these digital platforms.

LinkedIn’s outage lasted for about an hour, with users encountering error messages and being unable to access job listings, resumes, and even influencer content. The disruption affected both the LinkedIn apps and the website, prompting the company to acknowledge the issue on its status page at 4:04 p.m. ET. The message reassured users that the LinkedIn team was actively working to resolve the problem and urged them to stay tuned for updates.

Social media platforms, particularly Twitter, were inundated with users seeking information and venting their frustrations. The outage sparked various theories, including conspiracy theories, reminiscent of previous incidents like the AT&T outage. Even the dictionary, represented by Merriam-Webster’s official Twitter account, chimed in, highlighting the unusual nature of the situation.

LinkedIn spokespersons, responding to inquiries, directed users to a tweet that read, “It’s not you, it’s us. You may be experiencing issues when you try to visit LinkedIn. Our teams are working to resolve this.” The company also provided a link to their status page for updates.

By 5:50 p.m. ET, LinkedIn appeared to be back up globally, though the exact cause of the outage remained unclear. The company issued an apology for any inconvenience caused and thanked users for their patience during the disruption.

As concerns about the stability of major social media platforms continue to rise, users are left pondering the fragility of relying on these platforms for professional connections and brand building. The recent series of outages, including those at Meta, LinkedIn, and even internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T, raises questions about the robustness of the digital infrastructure that underpins our daily lives. Users are reminded that building a brand solely on social media platforms may be akin to building castles in the sand, subject to the unpredictable tides of technical issues.