Can't update status? Facebook and Instagram are down

Facebook and Instagram down

Facebook went down for many users worldwide on Wednesday - an outage that Facebook's site attributed to "required maintenance".

Social media giants, Facebook and Instagram, are experiencing issues, which means an outage. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", the company posted on Twitter, adding that the outages were not due to a DSoS attack.

Issues began around 4pm on Facebook with people not able to log on.

On Wednesday, Facebook Ads Manager, the lifeblood of advertising, was out of order, along with the rest of the platform.

Instagram users have reported being unable to refresh the feed, log in, or access the desktop site.

Additionally, The Verge reports that some users are experiencing similar problems with Mark Zuckerberg's original social network.

Facebook didn't disclose the nature of the problem or how widespread it was, but the website downdetector.com indicated the majority of the problems were in the United States and western Europe.

Facebook Down
Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe

The outage appears to be scattered, however, and not as widespread as the November 2018 outage that knocked the site down for almost an hour.

Several advertisers and marketers confirmed that the ad platform was down for them, and it was a topic of discussion online, as well. "We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can do".

A dedicated denial of service attack, or DDoS attack, is when someone floods a website with fake traffic causing the site's performance to suffer when there are not enough resources for real traffic.

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'Pages won't load. I'm sure they're busy loading new algorithms to sell your data & spy on you better and more efficiently, ' one users tweeted.

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