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After outages, Facebook seems back to normal


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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Facebook appears to be back to normal (or close to it) after experiencing hours-long outages.

Many users of the social media giant were unable to access their accounts on Wednesday. A dialog box stated: “Account temporarily unavailable due to a site issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly. Please try again in a few minutes.”

The outages also appeared to affect other Facebook-owned social media platforms, including Instagram and Messenger. 

According to Facebook’s status page, the outages started around 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. That page, which calls the problem a “partial outage,” states that Facebook has experienced “increased error rates” since that time., a site that monitors site outages, said the Facebook problem affected parts of the U.S., including the East and West Coast; parts of Europe and elsewhere. Both Facebook’s desktop site and app appeared to be affected. Some users saw a message that said Facebook was down for “required maintenance.”

Facebook users were then forced to actually do work instead of looking at their friend’s vacation and baby posts. Many aired their frustration on the only social media platform available to them: Twitter. 

Facebook officials also took to Twitter, saying they were “aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps.” 

The number of reported problems had dropped back down by around 8:00 p.m., according to  

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