It appears Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have all crashed and are down. According to the website DownDetector, the issues started at around 16:44 BST (11:44 ET), and are affecting the majority of users. Later in the afternoon, over 50,000 people had reported issues.
These three social media services are all owned by Facebook and as such share the same back end infrastructure, and other Facebook-owned services are also down, including Facebook Workplace and the Oculus website.
Soon after the first report came through, the hashtag #facebookdown was trending on Twitter, with users worldwide reporting issues connecting.
Facebook is reportedly working on fixing the problem but there is no expected time of completion for this work - at the moment.
There are many of us that rely on these networks to get our message out or possibly stay connected with each other. Is it time to consider other platforms such as Telegram? or Signal for keeping in contact!