Facebook Users Experience Downtime Of Popular Website

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As of 11:33 a.m., Facebook had yet to issue any information or a statement about an outage or to confirm if the website was actually down and why.

Social media platforms Facebook and Instagram appear not to be functioning properly for a large number of users.

A map compiled by the website showed reports were most prevalent in the United States, Europe and parts of South America.

According to Downdetector, users in the U.S. and parts of Europe appear to be worst affected by the outage. The desktop site is completely dead whereas the mobile app is allowing some users to browse the old cached content, while it also displays an maintenance error message for the rest users. In some cases, users were simply unable to use certain basic functions, such as posting on either Facebook or Instagram.

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The social media giants have been faced with worldwide outages since late Wednesday morning.

"Earlier today, a networking issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Facebook services. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible", Facebook was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The hashtag #facebookdown started trending on Twitter soon after the problem emerged. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new Oculus hardware, called Oculus Go, at an event in San Jose as Facebook continued to experience issues.

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