Facebook and Instagram outage frustrates users around the globe

Facebook acknowledged the outage but was tight-lipped about the cause.

Facebook and Instagram  outage frustrates users around the globe
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Users across the globe reported trouble accessing Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook’s Messenger app Wednesday.


And while the company acknowledged the problem, it didn’t immediately provide answers about the cause or when the service might return to normal.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” a company spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Fast Company. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

The “partial outage,” as a Facebook developer status page referred to the problem, may be a boon to Twitter, where users posted under hashtags like “#facebookdown” and “#instagramdown.”

We’ll update this post as we hear more from Facebook.

UPDATE: Facebook said in a Twitter post that the downtime isn’t caused by a distributed denial of service attack after some rumors to the contrary.


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