Facebook outage makes football players twiddle their thumbs

Small toy figures are seen in front of the featured Facebook logo in this illustration, taken Oct. 4, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura joked that Monday’s nearly six-hour social media outage meant he finally had a chance to connect with his wife, while Everton’s Richarlison saw a new opening for carrier pigeons as footballers see the funny side of saw the blackout.

Facebook Inc blamed a “faulty configuration change” for the interruption that prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Players have increasingly taken advantage of social media reach to engage with fans and build their brands, so the outage left many of them twiddling their thumbs.

Moura posted on the untouched Twitter: “With the fall of WhatsApp and Instagram I was able to talk to my wife a little bit.”

Richarlison, who has more than 660,000 followers on Twitter, posted images of carrier pigeons with the caption: “Now you want my services, don’t you?”

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger tweeted a short video celebrating the celebration with the caption: “When you realize your flat text rate is finally making sense again #whatsappdown.”

When normal service resumed, Preston North End forward Connor Wickham was delighted.

“Buzzin’ my WhatsApp is back,” he told his more than 108,000 Twitter followers.

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