Independent Facebook has stopped working for some of its users. A message showing to those affected suggests the problem is part of scheduled maintenance, though Facebook’s own developer page makes no reference to those issues.
“Facebook will be back soon,” the message showing to users reads.
“Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you’re seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site.” Facebook addressed the problems on its Twitter account. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” it wrote. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Others suggested they were able to get online, but that some particular functions – like uploading photos, adding statuses or adjusting particular pages – did not appear to be working. People reported seeing a message about there being a “problem updating your status”, encouraging people to try again in a few minutes. Services within Facebook – like Messenger – are also broken. The issues came at the same time as Instagram was hit by its own outage, stopping people from getting on the app. Facebook and Instagram’s outages came on a busy day for outages. Earlier on, Gmail and other Google products were hit by their own issues.
Reports of the outages were largely focused in the UK, rest of Europe and the east coast of the US, according to outage tracking website Down Detector. But that might simply be because time zones mean much of the rest of the world is asleep. The problem is now affecting users in the United States.