Facebook and Instagram went down and the world almost ended

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.

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