Facebook blames ‘database overload’ as it suffers most severe outage ever

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world.

The company’s main social network, its two messaging apps and image-sharing site Instagram were all affected.

Social media users in parts of the US, Europe, South America and Japan were worst hit by the problems which also affected its apps Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook blamed a ‘database overload’ for the most severe outage in its history today after normal service was restored globally following 14 hours of problems.

The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the website had 150m users – compared to around 2.3billion monthly users today.

The problems began yesterday afternoon, and only showed real signs of recovery this morning.

All of the networks appear to now be working again, and staff at the California-based company denied it was targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

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