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Facebook, WhatsApp And Instagram Down In Worldwide Outage, Company Confirms 'Not A DDoS Attack'

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp are experiencing major outages worldwide, with users having issues accessing the apps.

It's the second time in as many months Instagram has gone down, with a brief global outage in late January.

This outage has been going for several hours, and as of Thursday morning had not yet been resolved.

Facebook said it's working to resolve the issue, but confirmed it's not a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS), a malicious attack where multiple systems flood a website's bandwidth in order to disrupt traffic.

"We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps," Facebook said in a statement.

"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 and Instagram went down worldwide shortly after 3am Australian Eastern Standard Time, according to Down Detector.

Photo: Down Detector.
Photo: Down Detector.

Users have reported being able to access the apps but being unable to post. Facebook Messenger has also been affected.

On Twitter people poked fun at the issue.

It's okay though -- at least one celebrity is on the job.

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