BENGALURU: A partial Facebook outage affecting users around the world has stretched beyond 24 hours, but was showing some signs of ending late on Thursday.

It’s believed to be the biggest interruption ever suffered by the social network. Some users of Facebook and other platforms owned by the tech giant — including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp — reported intermittent problems accessing the services and posting content.

Facebook turned to its rival social media company Twitter to explain that its group of hugely popular apps were having difficulties.

“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,” the company tweeted. “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 (distributed denial of service) attack.” DDoS is a denial-of-service attack where hackers utilise multiple compromised computer networks to send a huge number of requests to a website or system so that servers hosting them can no longer handle, thus clogging the network and disrupting regular traffic.

India, which is Facebook’s largest market — with nearly 300 million users as per Statista — also faced service interruptions. Many users took to Twitter to complain about the outage. “Can we consider this as a calamity? Something this big can fail. Really interested to know that companies with such good tech architecture, where it all went wrong,” Twitter user Tejas Dond wrote.

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network, announced revival of its service on Twitter.

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we’re back,” Instagram tweeted along with a GIF image of Oprah Winfrey screaming in excitement.

The Facebook, which gets a vast majority of its revenue from advertising, told Bloomberg that it was still investigating the overall impact “including the possibility of refunds for advertisers”.



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