Social media giants Instagram and Facebook are leaving users in a world of pain right now. Both digital networks are currently going through global outages.
According to reports, the online issues started around noon Eastern time and have impacted all countries.
As with nearly every Facebook outage, users headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic in the United States. Downdetector.com, which monitors websites, showed the company experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe in addition to reported problems in parts of South America, Asia and Australia. (USA Today)
— Eli Blumenthal (@eliblumenthal) March 13, 2019
Facebook – ironically – relied on its Twitter account to update users on the outages.
We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
In some parts of the world, popular social media messenger WhatsApp is also experiencing issues.
Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms, it looks like you can’t send or receive messages on either platform, and you can’t post new content either. WhatsApp appeared to be fine for many people, but users in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, and more note that they are experiencing issues with sending messages. DownDetector indicates that those in Brazil were experiencing the most severe outages. (The Verge)
WhatsApp is experiencing server issues to send media, for some users. This afflicts Facebook and Instagram too.
Let me know if you experience problems!
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 13, 2019