Facebook down: Reports social media site not loading

Facebook down: Reports social media site not loading
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Facebook users are reporting the social media website is now starting to work again after an outage across the globe. 

When some users attempted to load the platform on desktops and mobile, a message appeared saying: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

Others found issues with only certain features of the website - such as commenting, loading pictures, loading the news feed or reacting to posts.

The issue appeared to be more common on desktop than mobile, Newshub's observations show. Some users said they were also having trouble with the Facebook Messenger application.

Down Detector initially showed most reports of the social media site not working originating in New Zealand and Australia. However, that then spread to south-east Asia, Japan and the United States.

Within minutes of the outage, 1000 people had reported the issue. The three most reported problems were "total blackout", "newsfeed" and "log in".

Roughly 20 minutes after the issue first began being reported, some users said they were able to get back onto the site. Others said they were still noticing problems.

An outage in March lasted for hours, also affecting Facebook's other platforms, WhatsApp and Instagram. With that outage, Canterbury police asked the public not to call 111 over the issue.

Down Detector showing numerous reports of Facebook not working.
Down Detector showing numerous reports of Facebook not working. Photo credit: Down Detector.

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