Facebook and Instagram down in possible worldwide outage

Facebook and Instagram are down for thousands of users across the US and UK according to reports. The issue appears to be widespread with reports of outage popping up in Brazil Japan India and parts of Europe

Facebook and Instagram are down for thousands of users across the US and UK according to reports. The issue appears to be widespread with reports of outage popping up in Brazil Japan India and parts of Europe

Facebook has confirmed a widespread outage impacting users' ability to access the social network and Instagram across the US and parts of Europe.

Some Facebook users were experiencing issues loading the site Wednesday.

We've reached out to Facebook for more information about the outage and will update the story when we hear back.

Users took to Twitter to vent their frustration as Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by the social network, fell offline. According to CurrentlyDown.com, Facebook is now working. The website Down Detector showed thousands of people complaining about the issues.

One person revived the oft-made joke that social media going down would force people to go outside.

Instagram users also faced problems with the app.

Another person suggested, optimistically, that the fall of Facebook would mean "people might reset to baseline human status".

In some cases, users were simply unable to use certain basic functions, such as posting on either Facebook or Instagram.

Reports from users on Twitter and websites like DownDetector and Outage Report suggest that connection issues began around 5pm SAST.

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