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META, the parent company of popular social media platforms Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, has announced the resolution of a “technical issue” that led to a global outage on Tuesday.

For approximately two hours, hundreds of thousands of users worldwide were unable to access these platforms, experiencing error messages and disruptions to their usual feed refreshes.

The outage affected users in multiple countries, with tracking website Downdetector highlighting the widespread nature of the issue. Meta apologied to the affected users, stating that it worked swiftly to resolve the problem.

Meta’s platforms rank among the most widely used globally, with Facebook boasting three billion active monthly users, and Instagram expected to reach 1.4 billion users later this year. Even Threads, Meta’s 2023-launched competitor to Twitter, reported outages during this incident. However, WhatsApp, another Meta-owned platform, remained unaffected.

This recent disruption recalls Meta’s significant outage in 2021 when services across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram were unavailable for almost six hours. During that incident, Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg issued an apology for the inconvenience caused.

Meta continues to manage these technical challenges as it maintains its commitment to providing reliable and accessible services to its vast user base around the world.

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