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Facebook and Instagram Down For 50 Minutes

By piranha

29th January 2015

On Tuesday morning, two of the most popular social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, briefly went down.

This affected millions of people who were trying to access the sites, not only in the UK, but across the globe.

Millions of people were unable to access these sites for around 50 minutes, whilst programmers worked hard to resolve the problem.

This is the longest that Facebook has been offline since 2010, where the site was inaccessible for over two hours.

A message reading; “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can” was displayed for users trying to connect to the sites.

Both Facebook and the picture-sharing app, Instagram, are owned by Mark Zuckerberg, who is one of the most influential figures in the industry.

Many people seemed unable to live without their social media fix, and turned to Facebook’s rival, Twitter. Users commented, complained and joked about the connectivity issues, with the hashtag ‘#facebookisdown’ trending during the downtime.

A few people in America were so distressed by the goings-on that they called 911, in the hope that the emergency services could help resolve the problem.

It was rumoured that the sites were hacked by a group called ‘Lizard Squad, who posted a message to their Twitter page claiming responsibility for the hack.

Since then, Facebook has released a statement, denying that the issues had anything to do with this extremist group.

They said, “Earlier today many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone.”

With social media such an important part of everyday life, even the slightest amount of downtime will affect its users. Hopefully the problem has been fully resolved and we won’t have to see this again anytime soon!

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