Facebook and Instagram back online after widespread outage


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UPDATE: THURSDAY, 4/8/21 4:15 p.m.

As of 4:15 p.m., both Facebook and Instagram are back online.

Facebook gave the following explanation for the outage:

“And we’re back! Earlier today, a configuration change caused Facebook services to be unavailable to some people. Since then, we have quickly investigated and resolved the issue,” Facebook said.


ORIGINAL STORY: Are Facebook and Instagram down?

THURSDAY 4/8/21 3:48 p.m.

(ABC4) – If you are having problems with Facebook and Instagram, you aren’t alone.

According to downdetector.com, users began reporting an outage of the social media sites on Thursday afternoon.

Facebook is investigating the cause of the outage.

The outage comes after Facebook addressed reports that 533 million users of the social media site had their data stolen in a “scraping” incident that happened back in 2019.

This is a developing story and will be updated as ABC4 learns more information.

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