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Instagram and Facebook are DOWN! Thousands of users around the world have an outage


If your Instagram and Facebook news feeds aren't being updated, you are not alone.

Thousands of users around the world were hit by an outage on both platforms on Thursday afternoon, many in the US, Europe, South America and parts of Canada.

The outages appear to have started shortly after 1:30 PM ET and are affecting newsfeeds, logins, and some users who are "totally blacked out".

DownDetector shows that the Instagram outage is plaguing more users than the parent company – the platforms together have more than 2.5 billion users.

Instagram is a global outage that has hit thousands across the US, Europe, South America, and parts of Russia. The outage appears to have started around 1:50 p.m. ET and is affecting News Feed, the desktop website, and issues logging in

DownDetector, a website that monitors outages on social media platforms, websites, and online services, began displaying problem reports on Instagram and Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

The US seems to have more users struggling with issues for both websites compared to other countries.

However, the Instagram outage hits parts of California, New York City, and South Florida highlighted in red on DownDetector's outage map.

Across the Atlantic, parts of Ireland, Portugal, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden appear to be experiencing a failure.

Facebook also went out on Thursday afternoon and the outage hit thousands around the world as well

Facebook's problems don't seem to be that prevalent, but are along California, hitting the states of the Midwest, South Florida, and parts of the Northeast in the US.

In Europe, Facebook is a problem in parts of Portugal, the UK, Hungary, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

It's not clear if the two are currently linked, and neither social media website has addressed the issues.

It's not clear if the two are currently linked, and neither social media website has addressed the issues. There are more than 19,000 tweets on Facebook and Instagram, with many more popping up every second

It's not clear if the two are currently linked, and neither social media website has addressed the issues. There are more than 19,000 tweets on Facebook and Instagram, with many more popping up every second

Just as one social media platform goes down, users flock to another to share their frustrations and ask the public if there is an outage or if it is a problem

Just as one social media platform goes down, users flock to another to share their frustrations and ask the public if there is an outage or if it is a problem for them

There are more than 19,000 tweets on Facebook and Instagram, with many more popping up every second

There are more than 19,000 tweets on Facebook and Instagram, with many more popping up every second

DailyMail.com has reached out to Facebook and has not yet received a response.

The outages also sparked the holiday, Social Media Managers Day, when they are honored for their skills, effectiveness and patience, but many users laugh at the irony.

Just as one social media platform goes down, users flock to another to share their frustrations and ask the public if there is an outage or if it is a problem for them.

There are more than 19,000 tweets on Facebook and Instagram, with many more popping up every second.

Alex Heinrich shared a tweet that reads, & # 39; Ha. Facebook and Instagram are both on #SocialMediaManagersDay. FREEEEEDOMMMMM. & # 39;

The outages also sparked the holiday, Social Media Managers Day, when they are honored for their skills, effectiveness and patience, but many users laugh at the irony

The outages also sparked the holiday, Social Media Managers Day, when they are honored for their skills, effectiveness and patience, but many users laugh at the irony

A user named "Just Bob" pointed out that he saw more Instagram memes on Twitter than on Facebook, due to the fact that more users were affected by problems on Instagram

A user named "Just Bob" pointed out that he saw more Instagram memes on Twitter than on Facebook, due to the fact that more users were affected by problems on Instagram

Other Twitter users criticized the platforms as outages on both websites have become more common recently. A similar event occurred in April and hit all Facebook services, including Instagram and WhatsApp

Other Twitter users criticized the platforms as outages on both websites have become more common recently. A similar event occurred in April and hit all Facebook services, including Instagram and WhatsApp

One user named "Just Bob" pointed out that he saw more Instagram memes on Twitter than on Facebook, due to the fact that more users were affected by problems on Instagram.

Other Twitter users criticized the platforms as outages on both websites have become more common recently.

A similar event happened in April and hit all of Facebook's services, including Instagram and WhatsApp.

According to Downdetector.com, Instagram had the most widespread outages among users in the US and Europe, as well as some in South America, reporting not being able to load newsfeeds and stories.

The issues were mostly resolved by 6:30 p.m. ET, according to Downdetector, although reports continued for a few hours.

At 5 p.m. CET on Wednesday, more than 28,000 reports flooded the Downdetector.

The US seems to have more users struggling with issues for both websites compared to other countries. However, Instagram has more problem reports

The US seems to have more users struggling with issues for both websites compared to other countries. However, Instagram has more problem reports

Thousands of reports also focused on Facebook's primary social media site and app, as well as WhatsApp, a messaging service of the company.

The majority of Facebook users said they couldn't see any pictures, while others said their news feeds weren't loading.

WhatsApp reports indicate that many users were unable to connect to the service or were unable to receive or send messages.

From 6 p.m., Facebook services were restored.

A Facebook spokesman declined to indicate the nature of the outage, merely stating that it was a "network error".