Is Facebook down? Social media users experience issues with Facebook and Instagram

Facebook was down last night down with people all around the globe having difficulty accessing the world’s largest social network.

According to the website Down Detector, the most common problems being reported are total blackout and log in issues.

When some users try to post they are met with an error message.

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Others are greeted with an error on the log in screen which states: “Facebook will be back soon.

“Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes.”

The issue lasted all evening but has now been resolved.

Yesterday, thousands took to Twitter to report the outage.

One user tweeted: “So it seems that @Facebook is having a meltdown at the moment.”

Facebook and Instagram have been experiencing issues today. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Photo sharing network Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, also experienced loading problems.

Facebook confirmed the outages in a statement on Twitter: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.

Facebook hasn’t revealed what caused the outage, but it said in a tweet Wednesday that it wasn’t because of a cyberattack known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack where hackers try to crash a site by flooding it with too much traffic.

A Facebook loading error message.