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Having Trouble with Facebook & Instagram? Users Report Issues Around the World as Company Blames Issue During 'Maintenance'

Customers of Fb, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp reported some points with the social media providers on Wednesday, in line with a number of reviews, although a lot in regards to the issues was unclear — together with how many individuals had been affected and the extent of the shortage of usability.

In line with downdetector.com, a real-time tracker cited by USA Immediately and Selection, customers started reporting points on Wednesday, between roughly eight and 10 a.m. East Coast time.

Points included loading and posting content material, with customers reporting issues within the U.S., Europe and South America.

“I can’t add stuff to my story, also texting and viewing isn’t working. Instagram fix your s—,” one commentor wrote on downdetector. One other commenter wrote, of Fb, “Not all images are loading… smdh. At least I’m not the only one having problems.”

Nonetheless, the approximate variety of folks for whom the providers weren’t working was unclear. Some customers had no points.

In a press release to PEOPLE, a Fb spokesperson mentioned solely, “We’re aware that some people and businesses are currently having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Later Wednesday, the spokesperson mentioned, “During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Collectively, Fb and its subsidiary providers, together with Instagram and WhatsApp, are utilized by billions of individuals, which has made the corporate the topic of a lot scrutiny given its attain.

Throughout its occasional outages, Fb additionally turns into the goal of consumer ire … and occasional reduction.

Instagram went out for some customers final month, in line with Selection. And Fb was down for hours in March, per USA Immediately. In that case, it was unclear what prompted the difficulty although one exterior skilled steered it was due to a form of digital visitors jam in Europe.

With different providers down, Twitter customers — who solely reported being unable to ship personal messages — discussed the Wednesday outages there.

“Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp are down and Twitter dms are broken,” The Washington Put up‘s Gene Park wrote. “Today is our Independence Day.”

In a post Wednesday morning, Twitter mentioned it was “working on a fix” to the problems with direct messages and “will follow up as soon as we have an update for you. Apologies for the inconvenience.”

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