Facebook has been down for hours, Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

A message showing to those affected suggests the problem is part of scheduled maintenance, though Facebook’s own developer page makes no reference to those issues.
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Facebook users worldwide reported issues loading its family of apps Wednesday, according to the website Downdetector.

Facebook acknowledged issues with the core app, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Users reported issues logging in and posting on the platforms.

Facebook users around the world are reporting issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp.

The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “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.”

It later confirmed the problem was not the result of a DDoS attack, which refers to a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack in which a hacker overwhelms a site by flooding it with fake traffic.

Facebook previously experienced an outage of its tool for advertisers in November at a time when marketers were trying to place ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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