Facebook, Messenger and Instagram down for users around the world

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram down for users around the world

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram down for users around the world

Many people took to Twitter as their only alternative, with some making fun of the inevitable migration. Facebook is trying to iron out the issues and get users back online as soon as possible.

"We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP".

Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue.

Police issued a plea for social media users not call them when Facebook and Instagram went down on Thursday morning. Some users are able to access the services like usual, while others retain access, but are unable to load new content and share posts.

Instagram users were unable to refresh their app.

The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe.

Photo sharing network Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is also experiencing loading problems. There were over a thousand reports on the site as of Wednesday around 12:15 p.m. EST.

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Third-party outage tracker Down Detector said the worst hotspots were in California and NY in the United States, and in the UK.

Among those having a bit of fun at Facebook's expense were Canterbury Police, who issued a tongue-in-cheek tweet reminding Kiwis not to report the issue to any of its departments.

It is unclear when the outage will be resolved.

Earlier in Facebook's history, technical issues were a more common occurrence as the social network raced to keep up with explosive user growth.

According to tracking website Down Detector, the problems hit Facebook users in Europe and the U.S. hardest.

"White moms complaining to their internet providers about Facebook not working thinking that their Internet isn't working because they needed to post another "live laugh love" quote", one person joked.

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