Is Facebook down? Social media users experience issues with Facebook and Instagram

Ruben Fields
March 14, 2019

ITnews confirmed that attempting to connect to Facebook and Messenger throws up an error message now, but Instagram and WhatsApp are working.

The company acknowledged the problems in a tweet at 1:49 p.m. ET, saying, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

Euronews has reached out to Facebook for comment but did not receive a reply at the time of publication.

At around 11 a.m. PT, the Facebook developers dashboard showed a "partial outage" for the past two hours, saying it was now seeing "increased error rates".

Facebook weren't the only ones turning to Twitter in the absence of their other social media apps, with many making jokes about the outage. Gadgets Now verified this by logging into Facebook and we got the following message, "Facebook Will Be Back Soon" Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. Facebook and Instagram appear to be loading very slowly or not at all.

The platforms weren't down for everyone, but many people were unable to access their profiles, with glitches in how the sites worked.

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It's interesting to note just how many social network sites we use that are owned by Facebook though.

The antisocial network's other properties, such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Oculus, and Instagram, were also suffering outages, according to netizens. However, the Google outage wasn't as widespread Facebook one.

Regulators, investigators and elected officials in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world have already been digging into the data sharing practices of Facebook.

The issue began about 3am Thursday morning AET, about 6am Facebook took to Twitter to acknowledge the issue is not related to a cyber attack.

Facebook posted to Twitter reassuring users that the site would be back online.

It is not known if this is a planned outage, a problem with their servers, or if the service is under attack. On Instagram, users had trouble refreshing feeds, accessing the explore page, and posting new material.

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