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Facebook, Instagram Experiencing Outages Around the World

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Facebook (FB) and Instagram users around the world are having to do without their status updates and photos on Wednesday afternoon.

People around the world started reporting the outage on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown.

Facebook tweeted at 3:03 p.m. ET that it was working on fixing the problems, which appeared to begin just around noon ET, as soon as possible. But it said it didn’t believe the issues were related to a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack, a common way of bringing down websites by overwhelming them with requests.

At 1:49 pm. ET, Facebook acknowledged the problems in a tweet, saying that “we’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps.”

Outage maps on DownDetector.com showed difficulties for both Facebook and Instagram being reported in the U.S., Mexico, South America and Europe. According to DownDetector, outages on Facebook were first reported starting at 11:56 a.m. ET, while those for Instagram began at 12:01 p.m. ET. WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, also appeared to be having issues, although moreso in South America and Europe than in the U.S.

Facebook users reported getting a message stating that the site was doing “required maintenance” and that service would be restored in a few minutes, which never happened.

Facebook shares were trading up 0.9% to $173.40 on Wednesday afternoon.

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