Facebook, Instagram allegedly down worldwide, incites social media panic
Facebook and Instagram have allegedly shut down, limiting users’ access to certain features.March 13, 2019
UPDATE: MARCH 13, 6:31 P.M. EST
Instagram has taken to Twitter to share an update regarding users’ inability to access certain features on the social media site.
However, Instagram has not shared any probable causes as to why it has been experiencing problems all day.
We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP.
— Instagram (@instagram) March 13, 2019
While Instagram has not provided any information, Facebook tweeted about what problems could be completely be ruled out.
Despite popular belief, Facebook says with confidence that the issue at hand is not caused by a DDoS attack.
We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
ORIGINAL STORY: MARCH 13, 2:16 P.M. EST
Today, Instagram and Facebook users around the world are experiencing major complications. In fact, when users attempt to log on to Instagram, many are simply getting the message, “Oops, an error occurred.”
Additionally, The Verge reports that some users are experiencing similar problems with Mark Zuckerberg’s original social network.
According to The Verge, Instagram is experiencing difficulties on both the app and on desktops everywhere.
That said, you may be be experiencing issues relating to the loading of posts. After using our own devices, our personal messages wouldn’t refresh or send and deliver, our likes wouldn’t update and our own feeds weren’t visible to ourselves or others. Additionally, our Instagram Stories would not publish. However, we were able to view Stories using mobile.
However, when switching over to desktop, the issues became even more apparent. In that regard, Stories wouldn’t even load. Additionally, Instagram wouldn’t redirect to other people’s pages.
When we tried to change the password to our socials, we were redirected to the same “Oops, an error occurred” page.
Check out some people reacting to their Instagrams being down below.
— Sterling Chandler (@thesterlingc) March 13, 2019
— Igor Opeshansky (@VITPHYSIQUE) March 13, 2019
So…. my Instagram account has been hacked and I can no longer get into it. #Help
— Kelly! (@KellyOsbourne) March 13, 2019
— ???? ???? ????? (@rvmantic) March 13, 2019
As for Facebook, The Verge reports that their ad section wasn’t working. However, upon further research, there appear to be even more problems.
Facebook users have taken to Twitter to share that the social media network is allegedly completely down. While some people are experiencing different problems, users worldwide are having a meltdown. Problems range from pages not loading whatsoever to issues within Facebook Messenger.
— Pelican3301 (@pelican3301) March 13, 2019
— Jesse; THE Agender Elf (@OliveDknight) March 13, 2019
— Jaime Romo (@Details2c) March 13, 2019
— Eli Blumenthal (@eliblumenthal) March 13, 2019
— LIL G (@LILG96958980) March 13, 2019
It’s worth nothing that Instagram is owned by Facebook. That said, the only Facebook-owned app that is currently not experiencing any problems is WhatsApp.
Facebook has since responded to the issues on Twitter (ironic), saying that they are working to resolve the problems at hand.
We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
At the time of press, it’s undisclosed as to why the social networking sites are down.
Are you experiencing problems with Facebook and Instagram today? Sound off in the comments below.
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