• Facebook-owned social-networking apps, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, experienced outages on Wednesday.
  • The outages appeared to affect users in the United States, Europe, and South America, according to the website Downdetector.
  • By the time it came back, the outage had lasted about 9 hours. 
  • It's the latest in a series of outages the social-media giant has experienced in recent months.
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Facebook experienced technical issues on Wednesday across its suite of popular social-networking apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

The outages began on Wednesday morning, according to Downdetector, a website that measures the status of popular websites. As of about 11 a.m. Eastern Time, more than 7,000 users had submitted issue reports to Downdetector. At 7 p.m. EDT, some users reported that it had started to work again. 

At around 8:07 p.m EDT, Facebook posted to Twitter saying that it had fixed the issues, "and we should be back at 100% for everyone" — capping off an outage that lasted about 9 hours. 


An outage map on Downdetector appeared to show that the issues primarily affected Facebook users in the northeastern United States, with some outages in the South near Texas and Atlanta, as well as in London, Paris, Mexico, and other areas.

For WhatsApp, the majority of affected users appeared to be in South America and Europe, particularly in Germany.

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New Facebook outage map
A map on Downdetector showing the concentration of Facebook outage reports.

It's the latest in a series of outages the social-media giant has experienced in recent months.

More than 13,000 people reported experiencing issues with Facebook on May 29, while more than 9,000 said they were affected by technical issues during an outage on April 14.

Facebook's apps were down for more than eight hours on March 13, which the company said was the result of a "server configuration change."

Twitter users commented on the outages on Wednesday, with some joking that the reason people were using Twitter was simply that other major social networks were experiencing technical issues.