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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Crash in Global Outage

If you tried logging into Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp on Monday afternoon, you probably noticed that none of them are working. The three social media platforms along with Oculus – all of which are owned by Facebook – experienced a worldwide outage that the parent company cannot explain or predict when it will end.

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The crash happened around noon and presented users with error messages.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone wrote on Twitter.

Instagram also acknowledged the problem.

“Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it!” its communications team tweeted.

WhatsApp said in its own statement that is working as hard as it can to get back up and running.

“We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible,” it tweeted. “Thanks for your patience!”

According to Reuters, the scale of the issue has yet to be determined.

“Downdetector, which only tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform, showed there were more than 50,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook and Instagram. The outage might be affecting a larger number of users,” the agency reported. “Meanwhile, the social-media giant’s instant messaging platform WhatsApp was also down for over 35,000 users, while Messenger was down for nearly 9,800 users.”



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