Facebook turns to Twitter to explain outages – Instagram and WhatsApp also affected
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users around the world are reporting logging and posting issues.
Facebook, the world’s largest social network, relied on Twitter to explain that its apps were experiencing outages around the world.
Facebook hasn’t given a reason for the outage, and provided minimal information other than acknowledging it is aware services are down in some areas.
“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,” Facebook tweeted.
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.
Users reported a variety of problems, from being unable to load the site at all to not being able to post comments.
Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. When loading the site, some users’ got a message on the screen saying “Account Temporarily Unavailable.”
UPDATE: After being out much of Wednesday, Facebook began to come back to life early Thursday after midnight for many users.
The outage is one of the longest the massively popular social network has ever experienced in its 15 years.