Facebook and Instagram Down in Global Outage

Gerardo Harmon
March 14, 2019

Minutes after Instagram also went down, the website reported.

Service continues to be disrupted on Facebook's main app, Messsenger, Instagram and Whatsapp. That's a reference to a distributed denial-of-service brute-force attack, in which networks are overloaded with bogus traffic created to disrupt service. While they have not publically identified the problem, they do say that it is not a dedicated denial of service attack.

Instagram is also owned by Facebook Inc.

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Facebook's developers' status dashboard states that the social network has been having a "partial outage" for the last three hours.

Instagram did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment on the apparent outage or the issues with the platform.

On Messenger, many users have not been able to connect to the server at all and have reported that they're not receiving messages. Users have written in from Canada, Las Vegas, and Turkey to note outages there as well.

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Facebook takes to Twitter to explain outages.

Some users are reporting seeing a message that the social media site is down for maintenance. Others report zero problems while someone directly connected to them has an issue.

We've reached out to the company for more information on the source of the current problems, and will update if we hear back.

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