FACEBOOK was struck by an hours-long outage on Friday, with frustrated users reporting that the app and website stopped working.
Thousands of people across the globe logged issues with the platform on the independent website DownDetector.
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Facebook went down for users across the globe on Friday[/caption]
According to the online outage tracker, problems began around 8am BST (3am ET) and were resolved by midday.
Users in the UK, US, Canada and Australia were among those affected.
It’s not immediately clear what was responsible for the outage.
Based on social media reports, users attempting to access Facebook on the Safari web browser were worst affected.
People are reporting issues with Facebook via online outage tracker DownDetector[/caption]
Users took to Twitter to investigate the mysterious disruption[/caption]
However, some fans also reported problems with the app, as well as Facebook-owned services WhatsApp and Instagram.
We tried those apps from The Sun HQ in London and they appeared to be working fine.
Facebook also appeared to work in the Google Chrome web browser, as well as Microsoft Edge.
However, when trying to access the site from Safari, a blank page showed and we were unable to login.
The Sun has reached out to Facebook for comment.
Users took to Twitter to investigate the mysterious disruption.
Users attempting to access Facebook on the Safari web browser appear to be worst affected[/caption]
One wrote: “Is #facebook down for anyone else right now? It’s just loading a blank page… #facebookdown #fb”.
Another said: “Looks like UK got a high degree of #facebookdown in #Safari on @Apple? Can’t tell you how frustrating that is.”
And a third tweeted: “FacebookDown on Safari? Seems OK on Chrome and the app is working.”
Facebook is the world’s most popular social media platform, boasting 2.8billion users.
Outages are not uncommon, and typically last a few hours before full service is restored.
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