Facebook and Instagram have become irreplaceable platforms in society, respectively hosting over two billion and over 700 million people per month. However, some unfortunate users may find themselves without either for the immediate future, as both websites have become inactive in select parts of the globe.


According to website tracker Down Detector, Facebook and Instagram are inactive in various spots of Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with the latter primarily affecting the East Coast and West Coast. “Total blackout” is listed as the most consistent problem marring the former, with the latter’s primary issue relating to its news feed.

Users have taken to Twitter to express their inability to use Facebook and Instagram, with a new hashtag, #facebookdown, becoming the medium for people to post a wide array of responses:

Regarding the number of people affected, over 2,500 individual issues have been reported by Instagram users, whereas Facebook’s namesake service isn’t working properly for more than 12,250 people.

In a comment made to CNET, Facebook confirms they’re aware of the technical issues troubling its two prolific social media platforms, and assures its user base of their efforts to restore both websites to working order:

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

This news coincides with the developer conference Facebook held earlier today, where the company’s CEO and figurehead Mark Zuckerberg unveiled their latest VR headset, the Oculus Go.

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