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Why Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for six hours

Gareth Parker
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Social media giants Facebook, and its platforms Instagram and WhatsApp, went offline for more than six hours starting at around 11:30pm AWST on Monday night.

They started to come back online just before 6am, but still are experiencing significant issues.

Tech expert Trevor Long believes a cyber attack can probably be ruled out, and it’s more likely an internal issue.

“Given how quickly they’ve turned from finding the problem to fixing the problem … I do start to think it was an internal issue,” he told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast.

“Probably some people who will be fighting for their jobs, more than their Facebook status.”

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