Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe

Can't update status? Facebook and Instagram are down Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe
Leonard Rios | 14 March, 2019, 07:28

Facebook and Instagram experienced an hourslong outage across the USA on Wednesday, and throngs of social media-savvy citizens experienced an existential crisis.

People have taken to Twitter to share their frustration of not being able to access the websites and apps. Many users were having issues posting to their feeds and were seeing a message that said the app would auto-post their photos once it was possible.

A representative for Facebook told PEOPLE they're still working "to resolve the issue".

It appears Oculus is also affected as some users have reported (via Verge) the feature for authenticating logins through Facebook is down.

Instagram users were unable to refresh their app. The #facebookdown in Twitter provides information as to whether it's you or everyone experiencing the outage. We've reached out to Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

The company has not explained what is causing the issue other than to say it is not related to a DDoS attack.

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Just 12 hours after Gmail experienced an outage, Facebook is down.

On Thursday morning Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr said Queensland police had issued a warning to dismayed social media users not to call Triple Zero.

While Facebook users tend to freak out at even the smallest problems, the current outage is much, much longer than usual.

According to downdector.com, which monitors websites, the outages started around midnight on Thursday in parts of the United States, parts of Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Commenters on the DownDetector site report outages in Florida and Minnesota as well.

WhatsApp also is in the Facebook family of products, but it seems to be working.

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