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Facebook Suffers Global Outage, Claims DDoS Not the Cause

March 14, 2019 / Sean Michael Kerner

Facebook users around the world had a singular question for much of March 13: Is Facebook down? As it turns out, the global social media giant and its related Instagram and WhatsApp services were in fact unavailable and down for much of the day. Some service was restored by March 14, though full global availability across all Facebook services is still intermittent. With Facebook down, the company ironically had to resort to using rival social media service Twitter to keep many of its users informed. "We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps," Facebook wrote in a Twitter message. "We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." Facebook also provided minimal updates via its platform status dashboard for developers, with the first indication of trouble reported at 10:32 a.m. PT on March 13. "We are currently experiencing issues that may cause some API requests to take longer or fail unex...