#FacebookDown Erupts On Twitter As Facebook, Instagram Experience Outages

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Multiple users said that heading to home page of Facebook showed only a "service unavailable" message.

The outage comes at a particularly sensitive time for the company.

Time spent on Instagram is also not counted, but that's understandable, seeing how they are essentially separate apps. #InstagramDown is also trending on Twitter.

In addition, Facebook is still on the defensive after a blockbuster report in The New York Times detailed how the company reacted to increased scrutiny and security breaches from Russian accounts ahead of the 2016 USA presidential election.

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Tweeted banter included jokes about people actually getting work done, meeting one another in real life, or flocking to Twitter while not being able to get to Facebook.

Facebook users around the world experienced trouble with the site. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", a Facebook spokesperson tells Mashable in a statement.

Problems appear to have started just before 1pm after a brief outage early this morning.

FACEBOOK and Instagram have been hit by a service outage as some users around the world report being unable to access the social networks.

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