Facebook says outage is 'not related to a DDoS attack'

Facebook says outage is 'not related to a DDoS attack'

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 now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps, ' the firm Tweeted about two hours into the outage.

Facebook and Instagram experienced outages around the world on Wednesday.

Users were given an "error" message when they attempted to log in to Facebook that read, "Facebook Will Be Back Soon". Out of its reported problems, 43 percent of users can't access their newsfeed, 34 percent can't log in and 21 percent can't access Instagram through a browser. As of 6 p.m. EST, she says, the ad platform had been down about five hours, and this appears related to the issues with the rest of the apps and sites.

Facebook Messenger has also been affected and has also been having issues at the same time around Instagram. After using our own devices, our personal messages wouldn't refresh or send and deliver, our likes wouldn't update and our own feeds weren't visible to ourselves or others.

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Fortunately for users, Facebook has acknowledged the issues, rather ironically, via its official Twitter account.

According to Down Detector, a website that tracks online service interruptions, most of the outage was in Europe and on America's East and West coasts.

While Facebook and Instagram have been down, many have turned to Twitter to make jokes about the outage.

WhatsApp also is in the Facebook family of products, but it seems to be working. While there isn't enough information available at the moment, people are coming up with a lot of possible stories, including a DDoS attack.

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