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Facebook and Instagram outages strike again


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook and Instagram are down for some users, including in the United States, more than a week after the social network said a “routine test” caused the site to go offline.

Users flocked to Twitter on Tuesday to vent about the outage using the hashtags “FacebookDown” and “InstagramDown.” Even Facebook took to Twitter to alert users the company was working on fixing the outage.

The outage adds to a list of troubles that’ve been plaguing the company this year. Last week, The New York Times published a lengthy front-page report that shined a harsh spotlight on how Facebook executives handled a number of scandals, including careless data handling by the company and election meddling by Russian trolls.Β 

Facebook didn’t immediately have an explanation about what was causing Tuesday’s outage.Β 

Downdetector.com, which tracks outages, shows that users reported issues with Facebook around 4:41 a.m. PT. The outage mainly hit the east coast of the United States, along with parts of South America, Europe and Asia.


Screenshot from Downdetector.com

By 10 a.m. PT, users were still reporting that Facebook was either slow or wasn’t working.

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