Facebook’s family of apps suffered a major global outage on Wednesday night as people using social media were unable to operate the platforms on their phone or desktops.
In a tweet Facebook acknowledged and confirmed that its users were facing issues accessing the portal.
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”, Facebook tweeted.
It confirmed that the issue is not related to DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) 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 (@facebook) March 13, 2019
Distributed DoS attack. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. Such an attack is often the result of multiple compromised systems (for example, a botnet) flooding the targeted system with traffic.
Facebook’s and its messaging application Messenger along with the Facebook-owned photosharing app Instagram were all down and did not show updated feeds or post facilities. WhatsApp’s media was also down as the users were unable to share and send through any media files but the messaging service worked fine.