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Facebook suffers extended outage; Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

March 14, 2019 06:40 AM

(WHEC) - Facebook users around the world reported issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp.

The social media apps went down around noon Wednesday and service was just restored overnight.

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Facebook hasn’t given a reason for Wednesday's outage and provided minimal information other than acknowledging it is aware services are down in some areas.

The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “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.”

It later confirmed the problem was not the result of a DDoS attack, which refers to a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack in which a hacker overwhelms a site by flooding it with fake traffic.

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