Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for many users for several hours
March 14th Update 2: Facebook has released the following statement via Twitter announcing resumption of normal service:
"Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services. We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience."
March 14th Update 1: Instagram and WhatsApp are back online fully (with Instagram tweeting about the news), while Facebook is steadily coming back online.
Facebook went to Twitter to explain what it knows about the ongoing outage, stating that it is "...aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps," and that its engineers are "...working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." In a followup tweet, the social network giant confirmed "...that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack."
As of this post, the issue is seemingly ongoing. The post will be updated with any further news.