Facebook suffers the most severe outage in its history

14 March, 2019, 15:51 | Author: Sharon Yates
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On Facebook, it appears that access via their website (desktop and web) is down at the moment, however, it seems to be working fine if you're using their mobile app.

The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150 million users - compared with around 2.3 billion monthly users today.

A Facebook spokesman confirmed the partial outage, but did not provide an update.

Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue.

In response to rumours posted on other social networks, the company said the outages were not a result of a Distributed Denial of Service attack, known as DDoS - a type of cyber-attack that involves flooding a target service with extremely high volumes of traffic. They also mentioned that they are working to resolve it as soon as possible.

Social media users in parts of United States, Japan and some parts Europe were affected by the outage, according to DownDetector's live outage map.

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Facebook has not commented on the issue.

Some users also noted that they could not use Facebook login to enter other apps like Tinder or Spotify.

"Internet users made their way to Twitter to complain about the hours-long service disruption with hashtags such as "#FacebookDown", "#InstagramDown" and "#Whatsapp".

According to the BBC, this is worst outage in Facebook's history.

After users reported about the inconvenience faced by them on the websites and mobile apps, Facebook took to Twitter to respond, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps". Although the primary servers were online, users stated that they were not able to post anything on the social media website.

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