As numerous Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users around the globe found themselves having trouble uploading photos and videos to the social media platforms on 3 July, a legendary US spy agency stepped forward to put its two cents in and to possibly dispel emergent conspiracy theories in a humorous manner.
Using its official Twitter account, the Central Intelligence Agency publicly announced that they weren't the ones responsible for the problem, before offering netizens probably the most popular advice one might get when calling IT support: "Did you try turning it off and back on again?"
Yes, we are affected by #instagramdown, too. No, we didn’t cause it. No, we can’t fix yours. Did you try turning it off and back on again?— CIA (@CIA) 3 июля 2019 г.
Many social media users seemed to appreciate the agency's sense of humour, responding with jokes and quips of their own.
Some, however, opted instead to remind CIA of some less amusing issues the organisation allegedly is involved in.
You guys are cute. Want to talk about your torture and murder of detainees at the black sites now?— Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 (@PradhanAlka) 3 июля 2019 г.
Many Twitter users also used this opportunity to quip about their social media platform working just fine amid this breakdown.
Me turning my wifi on and off 25 times in a row and suddenly opens twitter and realized... ohh! stop blaming your wifi Everytime😂🤣🤣🤣 #instagramdown #WhatsAppDown #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/lbNbLixIiM— meinrad junior (@meinrad395) 3 июля 2019 г.
And others simply joked about their predicament.