Facebook And Instagram Crash Causes Users To Complain That They Now Have To Talk To Families In Person
Facebook and Instagram have been down for thousands of users around the world, which is causing a hilarious social media meltdown.
Some of those struggling to go onto the sites are being shown a blank page, with nothing loading, which is causing them to complain they now have to talk to their families.
Others have reported they can only load certain parts of the websites or apps of the two Facebook-owned services.
Some have reported the sites work fine until they try to post an update or image, at which point they shut down.
The issue seems to be widespread, with reports of outage exploding up in Brazil, Japan, India and parts of Europe, though the outage has not affected everyone in these regions.
It remains uncertain what is causing the issues for now, and Facebook is yet to confirm its technical difficulty on its official status page.
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Facebook is aware of the issue with its site and app, but hasn’t provided any additional information.
‘We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram,’ a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.
‘We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.’
The two services are yet to respond to MailOnline’s requests for comment.
Users have gone to sites like DownDetector and Outage Report, which collect reports of website crashes, to log that the server downtime.
The problems on both services began at around 4pm BST (11am ET).
This is not the first time that Facebook and Instagram have gone down for users around the world this year.
In August, the social media giants went down for millions as they complained of being unable to access the social media sites.
People experienced problems logging onto Facebook, sending messages or ‘liking’ posts and pictures.
Others reported a ‘total blackout’ meaning the site wouldn’t load or they were unable to log in to their accounts.
At its peak there were more than 1,869 reports of people experiencing problems getting onto the website.
Some Facebook users were told the website was undergoing ‘required maintenance’.
Others reported being faced with a message that read: ‘Facebook Will Be Back Soon. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site.’