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Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are coming back online after experiencing a major outage on Monday, the social media giant confirmed roughly six hours later.

The latest: "To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we're sorry," Facebook tweeted on Monday evening. "We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us."

  • A spokesperson had tweeted earlier on Monday that the company is "aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products."
  • "We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience," the spokesperson added.
  • Facebook didn't say what caused the outage.

Details: The platforms stopped working around noon Eastern time on Monday, CNBC reports.

  • Users reported outages in at least California, New York and Europe, AP reports.

Flashback: A widespread Facebook outage occurred in 2019 due to a "configuration issue" with its servers.

Editor's note: This post was updated to reflect that the services were coming back online.

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Oct 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Facebook stories fill newsfeeds

Photo: John Minchillo/Associated Press

A gusher of Facebook stories hit the web Friday night and will cascade into next week, as a consortium of at least 17 news organizations unfurl a series branded "The Facebook Papers," based on documents from whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Driving the news: The consortium's plan was for the stories to begin Monday. But one outlet after another jumped the gun last evening.

Oct 24, 2021 - Technology

Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

Jan. 6 committee examining Capitol riot financing, Facebook's role

Bennie Thompson. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 select committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the committee is "working with" Facebook to obtain requested information and that it is examining the financing that went into the Capitol riot.

Why it matters: In August, the committee issued record requests from social media companies, including Facebook, regarding the lead-up and day of the insurrection. Thompson said the committee is in the process of negotiating with Facebook and other platforms for certain information.