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Facebook, Instagram suffer outages

14 March 2019

Instagram is owned by Facebook.

Photo-sharing app Instagram announced it was back up and running, but users are still having difficulty accessing Facebook, according to Down Detector.

Euronews has reached out to Facebook for comment but did not receive a reply at the time of publication.

The outage, looking at Downdetector.com - is worldwide but hitting the US and Europe fairly hard.

Facebook did not say what was causing the outages.

Some users took to Twitter to air their grievances.

Third-party outage tracker Down Detector said the worst hotspots were in California and NY in the USA, and in the UK.

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The issues affected users around the globe, with people in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America reporting problems. All they could see was older posts and not the latest ones that should have appeared on the site.

While users could open the apps, they could not access many of their functions, and there were reports of people being unable to sign in to Tinder or Spotify through Facebook either.

The antisocial network's other properties, such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Oculus, and Instagram, were also suffering outages, according to netizens.

Some media outlets branded the outage as the biggest in Facebook's history.

Facebook has acknowledged the outage and has stated it is working to resolve the problem "as soon as possible".

A message on Facebook's login screen reads: "Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes". Some users have regular access, and some have intermittent access.

Facebook, Instagram suffer outages