Facebook and Instagram went down and the world almost ended

Facebook and Instagram being down on Tuesday morning kept social media users frustrated as they struggled to post pictures of their breakfast.Screengrab: Twitter.

Facebook and Instagram being down on Tuesday morning kept social media users frustrated as they struggled to post pictures of their breakfast.Screengrab: Twitter.

Social media websites Facebook and Instagram went down in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with Facebook’s site saying it was working on fixing the issue.

According to reports, the outage affected many countries, such as the United States, Asia and Australia. South Africa was also affected. It’s not clear what caused the blackout.

While Facebook and Instagram were down, social media users took to rival social media site, Twitter, to express their frustration.

Kgothatso Madisa @kgmadisa tweeted:

In a twist of irony ...

With our favourite social networks down, how would we survive?

Some users cracked jokes and memes about the situation:

@ScoopWhoopNews suggest that Facebook and Instagram overslept.

Some thought it was the end of the world.

Both sites were up and running again later in the morning. Thank goodness. Now we can all go back to ignoring each other and clicking “like” instead.

 
Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole is a social media specialist. He recently studied BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014, he obtained his journalism qualification at Tshwane University of Technology. He has achieved so much, and there are tons more he dreams of accomplishing. He has written for The Star, was a blogger for JournTau, worked at SABC as a Digital News Producer and was formerly the Mail & Guardian's social media editor. Read more from Sthembiso Sithole

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