Facebook and Instagram blackout sends users flocking to Twitter


The world’s largest social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, were hit by blackouts around the world on Friday morning.

The outage apparently prompted users to take to Twitter for more information on why the services were not working.

Instagram said some users were having issues using its social media service amid numerous online complaints that Facebook was down as well.

“Is your #instagramdown?” We know some people are having trouble right now, ”the company said on Twitter.

“We are working on it and hope that everything will go well as soon as possible.”

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According to downdetector.com, which monitors the websites, reports of outages started escalating from around 7:30 a.m.

But the crisis was short-lived, with Instagram reporting the service was back online within half an hour of its initial statement.

This is the second time that all services owned by Facebook have gone down in the past month.

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp experienced blackouts around the world in March 2019.

Not all users were affected by the outage, although enough to spur a slew of memes from social media addicts desperate to know when their newsfeeds would be back online.

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Many revealed that they blamed their internet and one said he spent 20 minutes switching from wifi to mobile data before realizing his mistake.

Queensland Police issued a public service announcement reminding everyone that a social media outage was not a real emergency.

“Facebook and Instagram aren’t a question for Triple Zero (000) – go analog and just tell people what your breakfast is like,” he writes.

Many scoffed at the fact that competitor Twitter was used to confirm the outage, posting cheeky memes about the scramble of users checking their Twitter feeds for information on other social channels.

Others took the opportunity to jokingly spread Twitter and its reliability in times of chaos on social media.

While it was widely believed that the outage was embarrassing and frustrating for those who wanted to use Facebook, Instagram and Messenger on Friday morning, for some it was indeed good news.

-with agencies

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