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Facebook Messenger DOWN: WhatsApp rival NOT WORKING as users report issues

Facebook Messenger DOWN: WhatsApp rival NOT WORKING as users report issues

Facebook and Instagram users lost access to the social network's applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.

Downdetector.com has seen a spike in problem reports since about 11:00 CST.

Facebook and Instagram have been experiencing issues today.

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.

While it has not yet provided a reason for the outage, Facebook said it was not caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", said Facebook at 1:49 p.m. ET (1749 GMT).

Right now, news outlets aren't sure how you're getting to this article because Facebook drives so much traffic.

Thousands have taken to Twitter to report the outage.

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The Facebook outage that has sent deprived social media users into an utter frenzy, with some people still shut out 12 hours on, has gone down as the platform's longest outage in its 15-year history.

It's not just Facebook that seems to be suffering from this problem.

Some Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram users reported the services were down on Wednesday.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.

The issues affected users around the globe, with people in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America reporting problems.

Soon after, folks started reporting that Facebook was also taking the day off, leaving people unable to access it, suggesting all was not well at Menlo Park.


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