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.
— Lerato Tshabalala (@LeratoTJ) January 27, 2015
While Facebook and Instagram were down, social media users took to rival social media site, Twitter, to express their frustration.
Kgothatso Madisa @kgmadisa tweeted:
Both Facebook and Instagram are reported to be down ‘worldwide’ due to ‘technical difficulties’. pic.twitter.com/eZV2ntGYI4
— Kgothatso Madisa (@kgmadisa) January 27, 2015
In a twist of irony …
Twitter: The place I go when Facebook and Instagram are down.
— NGA NGA! (@NgaNgaDre) January 27, 2015
Facebook and Instagram is down so Twitter be strong!
— Pinoy Quotation (@Pinoy_Quotation) January 27, 2015
With our favourite social networks down, how would we survive?
Now ask yourself what if Facebook and Instagram never come back online? Will it be a better world? Will your personal relationships grow?
— Gino Quillamor (@ginoboi) January 27, 2015
Some users cracked jokes and memes about the situation:
— Geeked Out Nation (@Geekedoutnation) January 27, 2015
@ScoopWhoopNews suggest that Facebook and Instagram overslept.
Facebook and Instagram are in bed together. And their alarm didn’t go off today. #LongWeekend
— ScoopWhoop (@ScoopWhoopNews) January 27, 2015
Some thought it was the end of the world.
Facebook and Instagram are down pic.twitter.com/rV7UE58DGP
— Danny (@dannyy_kellyy) January 27, 2015
Facebook AND Instagram are down? pic.twitter.com/uwaJmQeV1r
— Maker Studios (@MakerStudios) January 27, 2015
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.