Facebook, Instagram go down in several parts of the world

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'Is Facebook down?' Facebook users reporting issues

While users can still open both platforms with some services appearing to have been restored, others are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting on Facebook and accessing other features on Instagram, as well as WhatsApp.

Social media users in parts of United States, Japan and some parts Europe were affected by the outage, according to DownDetector's live outage map.

Ironically, Facebook had to take to Twitter to announce that they are "aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

A Facebook spokesman, asked by Reuters for more details, would only repeat the company's initial statement on the outage on Wednesday, saying that it was working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes".

The outage led to an uproar from Facebook users, who took to Twitter to complain about the problems.

Things started breaking earlier this morning, with Facebook notifying users through Twitter that "some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

"Account Temporarily Unavailable", was a message that some Facebook users from across the globe discovered on checking their pages.

So of course, people are taking to Twitter for memes and mocking.

Facebook has shared limited amounts of user data with smartphone makers and other outside partners to enable its services to work well on devices or with applications.

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.

Many of Facebook's collected 2.32 billion monthly active users were frustrated today by outages across its apps.

Akvile DeFazio, a social media advertiser with her own agency, Akvertising, says she has been in touch with Facebook representatives. It's worldwide, but appears to be hitting the US and Europe particularly hard.

On the latest issue, Ms Brooker added on Twitter: "Look at what happens when we let one company control everything".

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