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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Facebook and Instagram are recovering from huge outages on Wednesday
  • Instagram tweeted: "Anddddd... we're back." Reports of disruption on Facebook declined significantly.
  • Facebook said the problems were not the result of a DDoS attack, while NBC Bay Area reported that the issue was caused by a database "overload".

Facebook and Instagram are getting back on their feet.

The two social networks, which together have billions of users, were down for hours on Wednesday in one of the worst outages in Facebook's 15-year history. The BBC said it was the worst.

There were signs of life early on Thursday morning, Eastern Time. Instagram tweeted, "Anddddd... we're back," while reports of disruption on Facebook declined significantly.