Facebook, Instagram down in large parts of the the world

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2019, 11.18 PM(IST)

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The reason for the disruption is not yet known. 

Facebook and Instagram are down across large swathes of the world with numerous users saying neither would load on their mobile phones or computer screens. 

Some users got a message on their Facebook screens saying the social networking site was down for maintenance purposes, but would be back up soon. 

Others just came up against a blank page. 

At WION's office in Noida one user came up against a blank Facebook page, while another got the "down for maintenance purposes" message. 

Another user was able to open and access his Instagram on his desktop while yet another said it would not load on her mobile phone. 

News reports meanwhile said users were experiencing problems with their Facebook and Instagram in at least the US, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and parts of Europe. 

The reason for the disruption is not yet known. 

That left Twitter, on which #instagramdown was trending Wednesday night and to which a number of users gravitated to report the problem: 

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The news reports added that Google and Gmail had had issues too during the day. 

Facebook meanwhile also took to Twitter to say it was "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible". 

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"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," it added. 

A DoS (denial-of-service) attack uses a single computer and internet connection to attack a target and shut it down. A DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on the other hand uses several computers and internet connections to do the same thing. 

A DoS attack is easier to fight back against since it would require the blocking of only one IP address.