Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users around the world were left in a ‘total blackout’ for nearly an hour after the site crashed early on Monday afternoon.
Those who attempted to access the desktop site were met with a message saying ‘Sorry, something went wrong,’ while mobile users were unable to refresh the News Feed.
‘Earlier today, a routine test caused users to have trouble accessing or posting to all Facebook services including WhatsApp and Instagram,’ Facebook told the New York Times.
Facebook users around the world were left in a ‘total blackout’ for nearly an hour after the site crashed early on Monday afternoon. As usual, many turned to other social media platforms to share memes and express their gripes about the issues
‘We quickly investigated and restored access for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,’ a Facebook spokesperson said.
As usual, many turned to other social media platforms to share memes and express their gripes about the issues.
The site went down just before 1 p.m. (ET), affecting users from the United States and South America all the way to Europe.
‘We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can,’ Facebook said in an error message to users. Users of the mobile app were unable to refresh the feed
While many users have since been able to get back onto their Facebook pages, some still continue to experience problems with the site and its apps.
‘We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can,’ Facebook said in an error message to users.
Hundreds of reports piled within minutes of the crash, with most (55 percent) saying they were experiencing a ‘total blackout,’ according to DownDetector.
Others said they are unable to log in (35 percent), while a smaller group (14 percent) is having issues with images.
By 1:15 p.m., more than 1200 reports had already been logged.
Disgruntled Facebook users took to Twitter in droves to complain about the outage.
New York users seemed to be among the hardest hit by the Facebook blackout, along with much of the eastern US.
The issues also popped up across South America, with the Sao Paulo area of Brazil worst affected.
Some users in the UK reported problems with the site today as well, though countries in the Eastern Hemisphere largely appear to have dodged the worst of it.
On Twitter, Facebook users unable to access their site checked in with others to make sure they weren’t the only ones having issues, and shared memes about their distress.
The site went down just before 1 p.m. (ET), affecting users from the United States and South America all the way to Europe
Some joked that the issue would push them to finally go outside.
Facebook users had difficulty logging on to the platform in August, when Instagram also also experienced server issues.
A widespread issue hit also hit Facebook inJuly, with Android users in some parts of the world unable to access the social network for up to ten hours.
It was believed to be an issue with an update that caused the problem.
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