Facebook and Instagram users lost access to the social network’s applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.
The California giant which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on Twitter they could not access Facebook or had limited functionality.
“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,” a Facebook statement said on Twitter.
A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.
“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook said, referring to what is known as a distributed denial of service cyber strike.
According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions.
Last November, a Facebook outage was attributed to a server problem and a September 2018 outage was said to be the result of “networking issues.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page in a live broadcast before appearing to pull out of the plan.
Chang Chi-yuan told his 27,000 followers he would target the Facebook founder’s own account this Sunday. Then he backtracked today and said he would instead demand money from Facebook in return for flagging up the glitch to Facebook. He added that he had not expected the world’s media to pick up on his plans.
Chang describes himself as a “bug bounty-hunter” who claims to have exposed flaws in a series of high-profile companies’ security systems, Bloomberg reports.
In the post he said: “Broadcasting the deletion of Facebook founder Zuck’s account. Scheduled to go live”.
Some commenters had criticised his plans, with one saying: “Listen man, if you really have a bug that can take over Zuck’s page, I don’t recommended you do it.
You can just inform them about that bug and you will get rewarded for this.”
Another said: “It’s really sad to prove your strength by hurting others.”
Later Chang wrote in a comment: “I am canceling my live feed. I have reported the bug to Facebook and I will show proof when i get bounty from Facebook.”
The Taiwanese social media celebrity has previously said: “I don’t want to be a proper hacker, and I don’t even want to be a hacker at all. I’m just bored and try to dabble so that I can earn some money.”
He claims to have targeted the software of major corporations including Apple and Elon Musk’s Tesla.