Facebook services back online after worldwide outage
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Facebook services back online after worldwide outage

Service restored after being knocked offline for about an hour; cause unknown

News Service AA

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have gone back online after seemingly crashing around the world Friday.

The outages of Facebook's premier platforms affected many users worldwide with users of the services, including Facebook Messenger, recording tens or hundreds of thousands of problems on the DownDetector website, which tracks connection problems.

The problems began to crop up around 1 p.m. ET (1700 GMT).

"There are a number of issues currently affecting Facebook products, including gaming streams. Multiple teams are working on it, and we'll update you when we can," Facebook's gaming team said on Twitter as the widespread outages persisted.

The source of the largely resolved problems remains unclear.

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