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Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger experience global technical issues lock users out

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On Tuesday evening, it appeared that Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger were having technical issues. People reported that they were being locked out of their accounts globally.

The websites are displayed in red on Downdetector.com, a tool that offers data on the online health of websites and social media platforms. 

A significant increase in outages began at approximately 11 p.m. Philippine time. Formerly known as Facebook Inc., Meta Platforms Inc. owns and develops all three social networking sites.

There have also been reports of interruptions from users of Threads, the social network that Meta launched last year. 

The Verge, a US technology website, reported that cybersecurity watchdog NetBlocks “noted the issue is affecting multiple countries at once.”

The social media behemoth boasts over 3.19 billion daily active users with its family of apps, including Threads and WhatsApp. Its shares were down 1.5% in late morning trade.

According to Meta’s status dashboard, the application programming interface for WhatsApp Business was also having problems.

On X, the microblogging platform that was formerly known as Twitter, several hashtags related to the problem—including “hacked,” “Mark Zuckerberg,” “what is happening,” “Meta,” and “FB and IG”—have begun trending. 

Elon Musk, the platform’s owner, took a jab at Meta with a post that stated: “If you’re reading this post, it’s because our servers are working.”

Following Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of the social media network in October 2022, X experienced multiple service interruptions. An outage in December caused problems for over 77,000 users throughout the US and France.

Andy Stone, the head of communications at Meta, acknowledged the issue in a post on X. “People are experiencing difficulties using our services, as we are aware. We are currently addressing this,” he stated.

The Meta Business Suite, the Meta Admin Center, Facebook and Instagram Shops, Ads Manager, and other business tools were all affected by “major disruptions,” according to a post on Meta’s status page.

According to tweets viewed by Reuters, several Meta employees claimed on the anonymous messaging app Blind that they could not access their internal work systems and wondered if they had been fired.


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