Facebook and Instagram go down AGAIN for second time in week, sparking fury online

Facebook and Instagram go down AGAIN for second time in week, sparking fury online

FACEBOOK and Instagram have confirmed users are having problems accessing services for the second time in a week.

The announcement came as Facebook defends itself against accusations that it has long put profit over societal good, and caused some online to question why it had allowed sales of precious rainforest land in the first place.

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Facebook 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 apologise for any inconvenience.”

Instagram added: “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.”

Both platforms experienced outages for around five hours on Monday evening, alongside messaging service WhatsApp.

People swiftly took to Twitter to share memes about the second Instagram disruption this week.

Web monitoring group Downdetector showed there were more than 36,000 incidents of people reporting issues with photo-sharing platform Instagram this evening.


There were also more than 800 reported issues with Facebook’s messaging platform.

Downdetector only tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage might have affected a larger number of users.

Monday’s outage, which affected Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, left billions of the platforms’ users unable to get online for more than five hours.

Facebook, which owns all three platforms, said the glitch was caused by an error during a routine maintenance job and “not by malicious activity”

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