Facebook, Instagram down for thousands, prompting social media users to turn to Twitter

NEW YORK — Facebook and Instagram were down for thousands of users Wednesday.

#facebookdown trending on Twitter after Facebook and Instagram went down for thousands of users on Oct. 11, 2017. (Screenshot)

At the peak, nearly 12,000 people reported to downdetector.com they could not access Facebook.

In the United States, the majority of people who could not access Facebook were located in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, an outage map on the website showed.

About 40 percent said they experienced a total blackout, 36 percent said they were unable to login and 23 percent reported they could not access the Facebook app.

According to downdetector, Instagram had far fewer reported issues, with under 2,600 users indicating they had a problem. Out of the reports, 55 percent were unable to see their newsfeed, 23 percent could not login and 20 percent were unable to access Instagram’s website.

However, DownStatus, another website that gathers user information, tweeted that more than 3,600 users reported problems.

Facebook and Instagram have not yet commented on the issue.

Naturally, many people unable to use the social media sites took to Twitter and #facebookdown started trending: