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Facebook apps encountering glitch

IANS  |  San Francisco 

ruled out a cyber attack speculation which started making the rounds when products of its family of apps -- WhatsApp, and -- began encountering service outage for nearly eight hours in what appeared to be one of the longest downtimes.

On Wednesday, users across the globe experienced problems sending messages on and The social networking giant's photo-messaging app also suffered service disruptions.

After users reported about the inconvenience faced by them on the websites and mobile apps, took to to respond: "We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

The tech confirmed that the problem was not related to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack.

"We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack," Facebook informed the users, who believed the service disruption could be a "cyber attack".

Although the users could open Facebook and mobile apps, they experienced troubles uploading posts, say reports.

"We're aware of an issue impacting people's access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP," Instagram tweeted.

Earlier in the day, appeared to be fine for many people, but users in India, Bangladesh, Argentina, and more noticed issues with sending messages as the afternoon went on. Users in were experiencing the most severe outages, The Verge reported.

Users also noted that attempting to use Facebook to sign into apps like Tinder or was not working either.

made their way to to complain about the hours-long service disruption with hashtags such as "#FacebookDown", "#InstagramDown" and "#Whatsapp".

Also on Wednesday, and its services including Gmail, and went down globally.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 10:58 IST