Facebook and Instagram outage spreads to users worldwide

Judy Cobb
March 14, 2019

Facebook and Instagram were down for thousands of users Wednesday, according to reports on social media.

And while the company acknowledged the problem, it didn't immediately provide answers about the cause or when the service might return to normal.

Many users were having issues posting to their feeds and were seeing a message that said the app would auto-post their photos once it was possible.

It was unclear when the issue might be resolved.

Facebook on Wednesday said it is aware of widespread outages on its platforms, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, and is working to resolve the issue.

It's not just your Facebook page that's down.

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Users were given an "error" message when they attempted to log in to Facebook that read, "Facebook Will Be Back Soon". While they have not publically identified the problem, they do say that it is not a dedicated denial of service attack.

The website Down Detector showed a surge in complaints today with users in Europe, the U.S. and Asia among the worst-hit.

Facebook makes more than $90 million a day in ad revenue, so any extended outage of its main advertising conduit adds up. Individual users have been able to post sporadically throughout the outage.

This story is developing.

But since approximately 9:00 am PT/11:00 am CT this morning, users across the globe have been encountering issues with Facebook's apps.

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