Facebook, Instagram experience connection issues

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Most of the conversation on Twitter was about the consumer side of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, which all went down for hours on Wednesday, and were still offline by late afternoon.

Facebook did send a message on Twitter acknowledging the problems: "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

Euronews has reached out to Facebook for comment but did not receive a reply at the time of publication.

Updated Both Google and Facebook suffered outages Wednesday, with the Chocolate Factory leading the way and seemingly fixing its issues just as Zuck's network became decidedly antisocial.

As expected, dedicated Facebook users who were struggling to get their meme fix, started freaking out at a level on par with the outage itself.

Today, we're reporting that Aussies are once again calling their local authorities due to a social media outage, which is affecting users globally.

The issues affected users around the globe, with people in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America reporting problems.

Facebook has experienced the largest ever outage in the history of the site.

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Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb, Croatia, April 9, 2012.

Users reported a variety of problems-including not being able to send messages or not seeing some posts.

Instagram also experienced issues, with some users unable to log into their accounts.

If you can't post a new status on Facebook, it's not you.

That's a reference to a distributed denial-of-service brute-force attack, in which networks are overloaded with bogus traffic created to disrupt service.

While the outage continued, The New York Times reported that U.S. prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data with companies without letting them know.

On Twitter it also said that the matter was not related to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

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