Facebook and Instagram go DOWN again for second time in week
Facebook and Instagram have gone down in a widespread outage for the second time in just a week.
According to Downdetector, which monitors the status of some of the most-heavily visited websites in the world, there were 36,000 reports of malfunctioning for Instagram at about 7:30pm UK time.
More than half (58 per cent) had to do with the app while 23 per cent related to server connection issues.
Facebook and Facebook Messenger also appear to be down for some users as 2,000 and 954 reports were received by Downdetector respectively.
Up to 60 per cent of the Facebook reports related to issues accessing the website while 24 per cent had to do with the app.
There currently don’t seem to be as many WhatsApp users experiencing issues as there are with Facebook and Instagram, but reports did spike in the past hour to 141.
Instagram said on Twitter it is working “as quickly as possible” to fix the issue.
There were more than 17,000 reports of Instagram malfunctioning in the past hour ( Image: AFP via Getty Images)
“We know some of you may be having some issues using Instagram right now. We’re so sorry and are working as quickly as possible to fix,” their tweet reads
Facebook echoed this as it said: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
A Twitter hashtag #Instagramisdown is already making the rounds on the platform, which on Monday became people’s go-to when all the other main social platforms were down.
Desperate social users wanting to get back to their virtual social life on a Friday night have flooded Twitter with memes that voice their frustration at the second outage.
None of the three social giants have released a statement on the reported outage yet.
It comes after a six-hour global outage on Monday meant billions of users were unable to access their favourite communication and social media channels.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were all down, with Mark Zuckerberg’s company apologising for the disruption which saw stocks for the social giant shockingly fall by nearly 5 per cent.
While the platform remained inaccessible, Facebook users kept seeing error page or a message saying their browser couldn’t connect.
WhatsApp and Instagram users could access the apps but were unable to see any new content, including any sent or received messages.
WhatsApp Web, the desktop version of the messaging app, didn’t appear to be loading on computers either.
The outage on Monday was the largest Downdetector had ever seen and blocked access to apps for billions of users of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook, which owns all three platforms, said the glitch was caused by an error during a routine maintenance job and “not by malicious activity”.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters.