Facebook, Instagram down for some users across the world

Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb Croatia

Facebook is undergoing one of its most widespread and persistent system outages, with users across the globe unable to access its social network and services from Instagram to Messenger for much of Thursday. It's photo-sharing platform, Instagram is also facing an outage.

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", Facebook said in a statement.

A Facebook spokesman, asked by Reuters for more details, would only repeat the company's initial statement on the outage on Wednesday, saying that it was working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

This outage started within the last hour and according to the site outage.report it is affecting users all over the world including in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

It's not just Facebook that seems to be suffering from this problem.

The coordinated timing of the outages led to speculation Facebook had been hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS), a common form of cyber attack that disrupts a site's services.

So of course, people are taking to Twitter for memes and mocking.

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

Lots of people rely on sites like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, or Gmail, to send messages or stay up to date with what's happening, so it can be pretty stressful when they stop working. "The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behaviour". "We are investigating the issue and working on a resolution".

Regulators, and now prosecutors, appear intent on determining whether this was done in ways that let users know what was happening and protected privacy. In a post earlier this morning Instagram confirmed it had resolved its issues.

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