Thursday, March 21

Facebook family of apps go down for longest time since 2008

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Social media giant Facebook went down last night, and services around the world have still not been fully restored.

The BBC has reported it as Facebook’s “most severe outage in its history”, noting that the last time a service disruption of this magnitude occurred was in 2008.

Facebook Messenger and image-sharing platform Instagram were the most badly hit, with some users unable to attach files, send messages or post “stories” with them.

“We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” Facebook said on Twitter in response to the outages.

It also confirmed that the service disruption was not caused by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack – a type of hack in which attackers flood a company’s network to bog down traffic.

“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 added.

Third-party monitoring website DownDetector.com also has a map showing where the outage was most prevalent, with several countries in the Asia-Pacific region listed in the outage chart.