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As Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp begin to return to normal usage following yesterday's outage, Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the disruption...

Yesterday, millions of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp users across the globe were unable to access the platforms...

Because for over 6 hours, the sites experienced a worldwide outage.

Now back up and running again, Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the disruption with an apology.

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Scroll on to find out what he had to say...

Facebook is really the original social media giant.


Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2004, it is considered one of the Big Four media giants alongside Amazon, Apple, and Google.

For a long time, it dominated the internet.


In the early '00s, pretty much everyone was a Facebook addict, spending hours writing on one another's walls and "poking" each other.

The founding of the platform has become something of a legend.

The 2010 biographical drama movie, The Social Network, told the story of how the company was founded by Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg. The movie starred Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake.

Over the years, Zuckerberg has proven himself to be a shrewd businessman.


And one of the areas in which the Facebook empire has truly excelled in is through clever choices of acquisitions.

In April of 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram.


The purchase cost one billion dollars and was one of the most expensive social media spends to date. But it's clear that it paid dividends, as Instagram has only grown in popularity since 2012.

And that wasn't their only smart buy.


In 2014, Facebook acquired chat platform, WhatsApp, for a whopping nineteen billion dollars. Woah. 

In recent years, Zuckerberg made the bold decision to merge Facebook with 2 of the most popular and fastest-growing social media platforms out there.

By adding a suffix to their names.

When loading up the likes of Instagram and WhatsApp, users will now see the suffix "from Facebook" underneath.

Just so we don't forget who owns them, right?

Some suspect that there's a specific reason for the change.

They believe that Facebook is hoping to utilize its sister companies, Instagram and Whatsapp, as a means of gaining some cool points.

As result of his dominance in the world of social media...

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Zuckerbergs success has continued to grow and so has his wealth...

As Zuckerberg is now a centibillionaire.

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This means his fortune has surpassed 100 billion dollars, the Guardian reports.

He joins the ranks of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

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It's a truly mind-boggling amount of wealth.

The news of Zuckerberg's wealth status followed his announcement that he would be launching a rival to TikTok.

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The Tik Tok alternative is Instagram Reels.

And despite having a high competition to compete with, Reels have proved to be highly popular.

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People can't get enough of them.

It's safe to say that Mark Zuckerberg's social media empire is one of the most successful out there.

But, even in the most successful companies things can go wrong sometimes, as we found out yesterday.

You may have noticed that yesterday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp suffered an outage lasting more than 6 hours.

As a worldwide crash occurred.

Downdetector, a site that tracks outages, said that around 10.6 million problem reports were made around the world, the BBC reports.

With many people finding themselves cut off from connecting with friends and family.

Thankfully, the platforms are now up and running again.

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And at last, Zuckerberg has responded to the outage.

Zuckerberg ironically took to Facebook to issue a statement about the disruption.

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Sending his apologies, Zuckerberg made the announcement that services were coming back online.

"Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are coming back online now," he wrote.

"Sorry for the disruption today -- I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about."

How did you find the outage? Was it a nice break from social media or were you itching to get back online?