Facebook, messenger, and Instagram down across Europe and US

Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb Croatia

Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb Croatia

Facebook is undergoing one of its most widespread and persistent system outages, with users across the globe unable to access its social network and services from Instagram to Messenger for much of Thursday.

First it was Gmail - now Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook aren't working for some people.

The company acknowledged the problems in a tweet at 1:49 p.m. ET, saying, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

Facebook said they are working to resolve the problems as soon as possible.

A Facebook spokesperson this morning also told 9news.com.au it is working to fix the outage.

Facebook posted to Twitter reassuring users that the site would be back online.

Some users took to Twitter to air their grievances.

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Facebook is now down with people all around the globe having difficulty accessing the world's largest social network.

"You make it sound as if it's the end of the world just because you can't be on Facebook".

Angry users expressed their frustration on Twitter writing, "There is some serious problem with Instagram".

In a DDoS attack, hackers use computer networks they control to send such a large number of requests for information from websites that servers that host them can no longer handle the traffic and the sites become unreachable.

Many of Facebook's collected 2.32 billion monthly active users were frustrated today by outages across its apps. Facebook users it seems like in the US, UK and India are certainly facing issues regarding logging into Facebook.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.

Outages reportedly began around noon Eastern time on Wednesday afternoon.

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