Facebook And Instagram Appeared To Go Down For Some Users Thursday Afternoon

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Topline

 Facebook and Instagram users took to Twitter on Thursday to report technical errors, causing the hashtags “Instagram down” and “Facebook down” to trend.

Key Facts

Errors on Facebook, which owns Instagram, spiked at 2:18 p.m. with nearly 21,000 issues reported, according to data from Downdetector, a site that collects and analyzes status reports to identify outages and service disruptions. 

Errors on Instagram peaked at 2:19 p.m. with nearly 78,000 problems reported, according to Downdetector data.

Facebook and Instagram errors both dropped significantly by 3:00 p.m. with about 324 reported issues on Facebook and a little over 1,000 on Instagram. 

The most common issues reported were difficulties logging in, posting and refreshing the newsfeed or seeing a total blackout when people loaded the site. 

Facebook did not immediately comment on the cause of the issues.

Tangent

There have been issues simultaneously on Facebook, Instagram and What’s App, which is also owned by Facebook, in the past. When there were outages on all three sites at the same time last May, Facebook apologized and said it was due to a “server configuration change.”

Further Reading

Facebook returns after its worst outage ever (Verge)

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for more than two hours (Verge)



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