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Facebook rules out cyber attack after its family of apps suffers outage

According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions

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and users lost access to the social network's applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.

The giant which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on they could not access or had limited functionality.

"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," a Facebook statement said on

A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.

"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 said, referring to what is known as a distributed denial of service cyber strike.

According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions.

Last November, a Facebook outage was attributed to a server problem and a September 2018 outage was said to be the result of "networking issues.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 02:45 IST
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