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Facebook and Instagram deny hack after worldwide outage

Facebook and Instagram denied their services were hacked today, blaming a 40-minute outage on "a change that affected our configuration systems".

It comes hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the outages which left users unable to log into the sites earlier today.

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Facebook and Instagram sites 'go down'

Social network sites Facebook and Instagram appear to be down.

Facebook and Instagram appear to have gone down. Credit: PA Wire

People took to Twitter to report issues logging on to their profiles.

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