Facebook's site 'down for maintenance' in widespread outage

Can't update status? Facebook and Instagram are down

Social media users in the UAE and other parts of the world were left frustrated on Wednesday evening when Facebook and Instagram went down.

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.

It was unclear when the issue might be resolved.

5NEWS is trying to update our Facebook users with breaking news and today's top stories, but sadly our page is now down.

Certain people attempting to use Facebook are seeing a message stating that the social network is "down for maintenance".

According to The Verge, Instagram is experiencing difficulties on both the app and on desktops everywhere.

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The website Down Detector showed a surge in complaints today with users in Europe, the U.S. and Asia among the worst-hit.

As for Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, the feed is showing up for some, but not others, but everyone is having trouble posting anything.

The outage includes Oculus, Facebook's virtual reality company and Workplace, its corporate comunications software.

It's not just Facebook and Instagram that are down for the count, the social network's ads also are offline. Problems range from pages not loading whatsoever to issues within Facebook Messenger. Many report being unable to post, share, or like.

Fortunately for users, Facebook has acknowledged the issues, rather ironically, via its official Twitter account. "This isn't the first time an outage has occurred".

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