Facebook, Instagram, Google: Why was some of the internet broken last night?

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2019

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.

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. It's photo-sharing platform, Instagram is also facing an outage.

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", a Facebook spokesperson said in an email. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.

It is unclear when the outage will be resolved.

"Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes".

Facebook users, including brand marketers, expressed their outrage on Twitter with the #facebookdown hashtag.

In one of those rare occurrences, world's largest social media network Facebook is suffering from an outage and users can't log into their accounts.

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The platforms weren't down for everyone, but many people were unable to access their profiles, with glitches in how the sites worked.

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.

Lots of people rely on sites like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, or Gmail, to send messages or stay up to date with what's happening, so it can be pretty stressful when they stop working. Facebook users it seems like in the US, UK and India are certainly facing issues regarding logging into Facebook.

Some Instagram users can see their feed, but not others, and everyone is having trouble posting anything.

Users are reporting that they're starting to regain access by the time you read this, although it's not universally fixed just yet.

The outages appear to be concentrated around the U.S. and Europe, as well as eastern Australia. "We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can do".

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