Amidst the trolling and the meme outrage on Friday, Paytm, an Indian e-commerce service informed the Netizens/Generation-Z that their ‘Internet was fine’. This was intended to be a heads-up that apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram are no more reliable.
Last Friday evening, lakhs of Netizens from India and across the globe looked-up Twitter to check if they were the only ones facing ‘Internet Downtime‘. And within seconds, the fact sunk in that major social media platforms, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram- all of them were facing global outage. It lasted for around 30 minutes in some parts of the World.
“Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to face trouble accessing some Facebook services. We resolved this issue for everyone and we apologize for any inconvenience”. declared Facebook in a statement shared with the media.
WhatsApp stated in their tweet, “Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back”.
In between all this melodrama, came a sharp and tactful dig by Paytm, that informed the fellow netizens that their “internet was fine“.
Your Internet is fine. It's the apps.
Now you know why monopolies are a bad idea.
— Paytm (@Paytm) March 19, 2021
This didn’t just appear out of the blue, as Paytm CEO and Founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma accused Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, WhatsApp of “abusing monopoly“. In one of his tweets, he also added that these platforms’ (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram) were taking their users’ privacy for granted. Clandestinely, he intended a shout-out to the Signal-App.
They say, market has power. We are the largest market.
Here in India WhatsApp / Facebook are abusing their monopoly & taking away millions of users' privacy for granted.
We should move on to @signalapp NOW.
It is upto us to become victim or reject such moves. https://t.co/iCmKoyLc5x
— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) January 11, 2021
Likewise, there were various mixed reactions from the fellow netizens regarding Paytm’s Dig:
We should never depend on one thing
Also have another option ready. https://t.co/9W3KViBdxm
— Ashish Sharan (@AshishSharan5) March 19, 2021
— shivani dalal (@shivani_dalal) March 20, 2021
— EWNS Media (@EWNSmedia) March 19, 2021
Paytm with that smoke☠️☠️☠️ https://t.co/NVqFcmIQTw
— Manas Ganti (@GantiManas) March 19, 2021
As of now, there is nothing to worry about, since the apps remain accessible. but there is no prior information of what the scale of service unavailability was or what the causes of downtime were.