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“Earlier today, a networking issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Facebook services. We quickly investigated and started restoring access within about an hour, and we have nearly fixed the issue for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Dot.
Reports started coming in early Wednesday morning and peaked at around 11:00am ET. Down Detector’s map shows the outage hitting North America and Europe the hardest with a significant number of users in Japan, South America, and Southeast Asia also having problems.
A few of my colleagues at the Daily Dot are experiencing several different issues with both personal account pages and Facebook’s Business Manager service. There are also reported issues for Facebook-owned Instagram, though they don’t appear to be as widespread. Oddly, Facebook’s status page says its platform is “healthy.”
People are struggling to cope, turning to the only place to find solace: Twitter jokes.
— Rachel Emma (@RachelxEmma) October 11, 2017
Facebook is down, I repeat Facebook is down.
— Jamie White (@jaywhite_1) October 11, 2017
— All Tee All Shade (@AllTee_AllShade) October 11, 2017
— Alex Watt (@AlexWatt187) October 11, 2017
— Superdry (@Superdry) October 11, 2017
Log: Hour 3. Supplies are dwindling. Morale is low. People running around streets asking strangers to like their pictures.#facebookdown
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 11, 2017
Other services are joking about going back to defeated rival MySpace.
**blows dust off MySpace account** #facebookdown
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) October 11, 2017
— PCMag (@PCMag) October 11, 2017
The social giant’s team posted an update on its developer page admitting it’s experiencing an increased level of API errors. It’s currently investigating.