Sunday, March 24, 2019

Facebook says ‘some’ users are having trouble, it is fixing the issue

  • News Desk, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2019-03-14 01:26:43 BdST

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Facebook’s website and apps are partially down and the social media giant says it is working to fix the issue.

”We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” the social media giant said in a Twitter post on Wednesday night.

It has not cleared what the issue is but later said it “can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack”.

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is one of the most powerful weapons on the internet, according to an article uploaded on the website of anti-virus and anti-malware software package Norton.

“When you hear about a website being ‘brought down by hackers,’ it generally means it has become a victim of a DDoS attack. In short, this means that hackers have attempted to make a website or computer unavailable by flooding or crashing the website with too much traffic,” the article reads.

Many of the users in Bangladesh told bdnews24.com that they were unable to access Facebook’s website and its apps like Messenger and Instagram.

Some said they could log in but could not post anything on Facebook and Instagram or send messages through Messenger. 

Some others said their pages were not refreshing. 

The number of problems reported at Facebook skyrocketed from a few to over 10,000 globally sometime after 10pm, according to Downdetector, a platform that tracks technology fails.

As many as 34 percent Facebook users across the globe were facing log-in problems, 33 percent on their newsfeeds and 32 percent a total blackout, according to Downdetector data.

After 3am on Thursday, some services like posting links resumed as the number of issues reported to Downdetector came down to zero, but Facebook was yet to make any announcement on full resumption of its services.