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'Total blackout': Facebook, Instagram crashes across the globe

Jessica Yun
·1-min read
Berlin, Germany - May 21, 2016: Social media application. Apple iPhone 6s screen with social media applications Facebook, Instagram, Google, Youtube, Twitter, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumbl etc.
Users around the world are reporting issues with Facebook and Instagram this morning. (Source: Getty)

The world's biggest social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, are suffering worldwide outages this Friday morning as users report difficulties with using the platform.

Down Detector saw a dramatic spike in people reporting "total blackout" issues when accessing Facebook's site from around 7:16am AEDT.

A similar spike is seen for Instagram, a largely mobile-based app owned by Facebook, where users started experiencing issues with their news feed from around 7:05am.

"My Facebook, Messenger and Instagram isn’t working at all on anything," one user said at 7:43am.

"From what I can tell it's most of the world that's down," another user said.

Social media users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations about the platforms, joking that the outages were a boon for the microblogging site.

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Instagram acknowledged in a tweet that the platform wasn't functioning properly.

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