11:16 GMT15 April 2021
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    Facebook and Instagram are among the world's most used social media platforms, with Facebook having some 2.7 billion active users as of 2020, and Instagram enjoying around a billion monthly active users.

    Facebook and Instagram appeared to be down for many users around the world on Thursday, according to Downdetector, an outage monitoring website.

    People were having trouble when trying to access their newsfeed or log in. The majority of those who reported issues with the platforms were experiencing total blackout of Facebook, with the website returning the message "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can".

    Regarding Instagram, over 70% of the users who reported issues had problems with the newsfeed, Downdetector noted.

    "We couldn't connect to Instagram. Make sure you're connected to the internet and try again", the message said when users tried to access Instagram.

    ​However, shortly after the outage had been registered, access to the social media platforms appeared to have returned for some of the users.

    Many netizens took to Twitter to complain about the two popular social media platforms not working.


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