FACEBOOK, Instagram and Facebook Messenger are down for scores of users around the world in a major outage that is causing panic on the web.
Users have said they are unable to post any new messages or like other people’s posts as thousands of complaints flood in online – and Facebook has now confirmed the issue to The Sun.
The Sun / Down Detector Thousands of Facebook users have complained about the app not working for them this
In a statement to The Sun, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps.
“We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
As of 8pm GMT on March 13, our independent checks have also confirmed that Facebook is offline.Facebook and Instagram are down – what’s gone wrong and what’s the issue?
Facebook runs both Instagram and Messenger, so all three services can easily by affected by a single problem.
Thousands of people complained of problems about the apps on the Down Detector website, which records outages.
Pages remained visible but apparently could not be updated.
The issues appear to have started at around 4pm UK time.
The Sun / Down Detector Down Detector is also reporting major issues with Instagram too, beginning just before 4pm UK time
The Sun / Down Detector Instagram’s outage map is near-identical to Facebook’s, suggesting that it’s a major server issue
Early rumours suggested the Facebook outage might be the result of a hack but social media insiders now say this is not the case.
UPDATE:Source at Facebook confirms they do NOT believe a DDoS attack is cause of outage— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) March 13, 2019
Facebook, Instagram, Messenger down – what are users saying?
For Facebook, users complained that there was a total blackout (35%), there were issues with the news feed (33%), and problems with logging in (30%).
And Instagram users have reported issues with the news feed (56%), logging in (28%), and the website generally (14%).
Instagram user Nicole Cieslak said: “I’m in the US and cannot post anything to my feed or to my stories.
“It’s failed multiple times and now it’s just stuck 3/4 of the way through loading.”
Victoria added: “Down in Estonia. Can’t post anything, didn’t load the feed. I then deleted the app and downloaded it again but now it wont let me log in.”
If you did want to get rid of the social media platform for good, our expert guide shows you how to delete Facebook – though that might be an overreaction to the current blip.
Facebook, Instagram, Messenger problems – is there an official response?
Facebook’s service status page says that the entire platform is “healthy” – but users say the complete opposite is true.
However, Facebook’s own website is suggesting that the downtime is related to “required maintenace”.
It’s not clear what that means, or how long it will last.
Instagram – a quick historyHere’s what you need to know…
Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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