A slew of Facebook-owned sites are experiencing a worldwide outage, leaving thousands of users unable to connect to social media for several hours. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram have all been having issues since around noon (ET), in some cases resulting in a ‘total blackout.’ The three apps crashed primarily in major urban areas across the United States and Europe, along with parts of South America. WhatsApp – also owned by Facebook – has been hit by spotty service issues as well, though it does not appear to have been affected as hard as the other apps. Facebook confirmed the platform-wide issue Wednesday afternoon, but had not yet released a fix as of about four hours after the outage first struck. While there has been speculation that the site may have been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the firm said this is not the case.
Source: Daily Mail