Social media giant Facebook says it is aware of ongoing technical difficulties which have kept users worldwide from accessing the site and its related apps since last night.
Tellingly, Facebook made the announcement on Twitter.
In a tweet posted on the rival platform, a Facebook spokesperson said the company is working to amend the issue, while assuring users the problem was not sparked by a distributed denial-of-service (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
The announcement came after users of the opt-in panopticon reported difficulties accessing the page, as well as subsidiary apps Instagram and WhatsApp.
As punters across the globe came to terms with a reality temporarily free of Mark Zuckerberg‘s influence, many folks came up with the same joke. A joke shared on, you guessed it, Twitter.
*runs to Instagram*
*runs to Whatsapp*
— Krishna Rajput (@Krishna_Sodho) March 13, 2019
everyone coming to twitter since instagram is down rn pic.twitter.com/QRodYXsaRH
— ☆ (@killualvr) March 13, 2019
— ♡ (@kihycns) March 13, 2019
Me: Instagram and Facebook are down.
Wife: Oh, no. You'll have to interact with people in person.
Me: No. There's still Twitter.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 13, 2019
Hello to everyone who has come back to twitter while Facebook and Instagram are down. Yes everything is still terrible and yes we are still all arguing with each other.
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) March 13, 2019
— An Adventurous Girl (@cadilambert) March 13, 2019
The whole ordeal impacted celebrities, too. None have been spared.
Facebook is down !
Instagram is down !
Welcome to my twitter ! pic.twitter.com/Yjk4o9BVOH
— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) March 13, 2019
Facebook???? Instagram???? Atleast the Soulja App isn’t down ????????♂️
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 13, 2019
I knew I shouldn’t have posted that Dick pic…. smh. Crashed everything…
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 13, 2019
The outages come just a day after Gmail faced similar downtime worldwide. The issues are not thought to be connected.
Facebook has not revealed when it believes its services will be back to 100%, but we’ll be habitually refreshing to find out. In the meantime, feel free to put down your phone and take a walk. You’re free. For the moment.Image: Andrew Harnik / AP