Social media giant Facebook is in the midst of a worldwide outage this morning, with users reporting that they can't reach the company's main site or use the Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger apps. However, Facebook's outage happened less than 24 hours after Google's ecosystem went down for more than an hour yesterday.
"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", the spokesperson said. Facebook is trying to iron out the issues and get users back online as soon as possible. We checked a few accounts here at TechRadar and found a mixed bag - some were fully functional on both desktop and mobile, while others were either working on desktop only, and some on mobile only.
When confirming the platform-wide issue, Facebook shut down speculation that the site may have been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app.
Facebook confirmed the outage on Twitter earlier in the day.
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram were out primarily in major urban areas across the United States and Europe, along with parts of South America.
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The company has not explained what is causing the issue other than to say it is not related to a DDoS attack.
People reported having trouble loading the website and sending emails.
According to Facebook's status page, the outages started around 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday.
The Verge has reported that some users are unable to make purchases through the Oculus Store or log into multiplayer games purchased for the Oculus.
The outage not only affected people in the USA but also Central and South America Europe and Australia, according to Down Detector.
WhatsApp also is in the Facebook family of products, but it seems to be working.