Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR – Richard Lawler

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Just as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a whistleblower’s accusations and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to teens, its entire network of services suddenly went offline. The outage started just before noon ET, and nearly four hours later, there’s no sign or restoration, and no one from the company has offered an explanation of the issues or estimates for when the problem will be fixed.

Facebook engineers have been sent to the company’s U.S. data centers to try and fix the problem

On Twitter, Facebook communications exec Andy Stone says, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly…

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