Facebook down for many users across the globe

Facebook down

There is no official word yet from Facebook or Instagram on what is causing the outage.

In our tests, both Facebook and Instagram are seemingly up in South Africa.

There was widespread panic among Facebook and Instagram users on Wednesday afternoon (October 10), as the two billion-member social network went offline in a number of countries.

The outages impacted users not only in the USA but Greece, the UK, Poland and other European countries.

The independent website that tracks site outages also reports that Instagram is experiencing user outages as of 11:05 a.m. Wednesday.

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Facebook said it was aware that some users were now having trouble accessing both Facebook and Instagram, Reuters reports. "We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible", Facebook was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Outage Report showed the most affected areas as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago, but reports were coming in from all around the U.S.

Down Detector reports that it has received more than 12,000 reports of Facebook issues since this morning.

#FacebookDown began trending on Twitter worldwide around 6pm SAST, as Twitter remained functional.

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