Facebook, Instagram and Messenger outage hits users worldwide

The problem with Facebook, Instagram and Messenger is not related to a DDoS attack, the company said.
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Your Facebook page isn’t the only one that’s down.

Users of Facebook Inc.’s namesake social network and two of the company’s popular other properties, Instagram and Messenger, experienced technical difficulties around the globe for hours Wednesday.

Reports on Downdetector, a website for reporting problems on applications and websites, have included complaints about trouble logging into accounts and the inability to post comments or photos.

Some users are encountering a message that indicates the site is down for maintenance. The services have been down since about 9 a.m. PDT.


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

The problem is not related to a distributed denial-of-service attack, commonly known as a DDoS attack, the company said.

In the afternoon, Facebook said it was still investigating the overall impact of the issue, “including the possibility of refunds for advertisers.”

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