On Monday afternoon, nearly six hours after the social media site was deactivated by an outage, Facebook and Instagram appeared to have reconnected to the worldwide internet.
Facebook apologized to its more than 1.5 billion users across the world in a tweet.
“We apologize to the vast community of people and businesses who rely on us around the world. We’ve been working hard to get our apps and services back online, and we’re delighted to inform you that we’re currently available. Thank you for your patience,” it said.
According to website monitoring group Downdetector, Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around noon Eastern time, resulting in a record 10.6 million problem reports.
It claimed that the outage was the greatest it has ever witnessed.
Some Facebook users began to restore limited access to the social media app at 5:45 p.m. ET.
WhatsApp’s connection issues persisted for at least some users.
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