Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp starting to come back online after outage

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FILE- In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Days before Germany’s federal elections, Facebook removed a network of accounts that it said had spread COVID-19 misinformation and encouraged violent responses to COVID restrictions. The crackdown, announced Sept. 16, 2021, was the first use of Facebook’s new “coordinated social harm” policy aimed at stopping not state-sponsored disinformation campaigns but otherwise typical users who have mounted an increasingly sophisticated effort to sidestep rules on hate speech or misinformation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(NEXSTAR/WFLA) — Facebook and its family of sites, including WhatsApp and Instagram, started to come back online Monday evening after an hours-long outage.

User reports indicated Facebook started having problems around 11:44 a.m. ET on Monday, according to DownDetector.com. The site started to come back around 6 p.m.

Most users who tried to access Facebook throughout the day got an error message stating, “This site can’t be reached.” Facebook later confirmed the problem in a tweet.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” the social media giant wrote. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Instagram also addressed the outage on Twitter.

“Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it! #instagramdown,” the tweet said.

Several Twitter users started reporting lags on that platform as well, something Twitter attributed to the huge increase in users due to the other sites being down.

“Sometimes more people than usual use Twitter. We prepare for these moments, but today things didn’t go exactly as planned,” Twitter support posted. “Some of you may have had an issue seeing replies and DMs as a result. This has been fixed. Sorry about that!”

The Facebook outage comes one day after the “Facebook whistleblower” revealed herself in an interview as Frances Haugen. According to the Associated Press, Haugen anonymously filed complaints on researching showing that Facebook magnifies hate and misinformation.

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