Bad news, friends: Facebook appears to be down for a large number of users. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is reportedly struggling too.
Users of the social media platform began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. EST, and it appears the outage has spread. The problems appear to be affecting users on both desktop and mobile.
Multiple services, like Down Detector and Outage Report, have high numbers of users reporting the issues.
— Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017
Outage Report’s map highlights the East and West coasts of the U.S. and Europe as the most affected areas of the outage.
Thousands of outages continue to be reported with both web and app users seemingly affected.
Whilst another has confirmed: “Nothing loading for me either. Blank page.” Users have also flocked to Facebook’s big rival Twitter to report issues with the service this afternoon. One user tweeted: “FACEBOOK IS DOWN”
Facebook API is being reported as experiencing lag. Customers may experience delays or errors publishing to FB. We expect resolution soon.
— SocialFlow (@SocialFlow) October 11, 2017
While another said: “OMG! Facebook is DOWN! What do we do? It’s a crisis.” And one fan even suggested it was the end of the world saying: “What happened to Facebook!? It’s actually DOWN. The apocalypse must be here!! #facebookdown.” And it’s not just Facebook that is facing issues as Instagram also appears to down tonight.
Hundreds of Instagram users are reporting problems with the US social network website every minute, DownDetector data reveals. According to data amassed by DownDetector, half of all those struggling to connect to Instagram are unable to access the News Feed. Facebook has been struggling recently with outages with users facing a number of issues over the past few months. Facebook Messenger also hit troubles last month with users unable to access the app for a whole day.
— Sean Wilson 🎃 (@SeanDailyTweets) October 11, 2017
Services tied to Facebook, like SocialFlow, have reported issues with the platform’s publishing API, too.
Some users can access their News Feed, but are having issues posting updates and sharing on the network. Facebook’s Platform Status page, meanwhile, has reported healthy operations since Oct. 7, and for some users hasn’t been accessible since a little after 12 p.m. EST.
A smaller number of users are also experiencing technical difficulties on Instagram. The problem doesn’t appear to be as widespread as the Facebook issue, but Outage Report’s numbers have jumped up in the last hour for the IG, too.
Naturally, the internet turned to Twitter to vent its collective frustration at Facebook.
Facebook is aware of the issue, but hasn’t provided any more information about what might be behind the outage. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable in an emailed statement. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”