Facebook/Instagram Outage: Users Report Problems Across The US

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Two of the most popular social media networks were having major issues for more than 10 hours on Wednesday.

Beginning at around noon on Wednesday, Facebook users in metro Detroit and across the U.S. were reporting issues with the website and app -- including login errors, inability to post comments or photos and problems uploading links, to name a few. 

Many users also reported outages on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

As of 11 p.m., Facebook appeared to be working again for many users. The company had not issued a statement about what happened.

Just before 2 p.m., Facebook issued a statement via Twitter saying: "We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible." The company added in a follow up message that the problems are not related to a hacking incident. 

According to downdetector.com, were more than 11,000 reports of Facebook problems at one point Wednesday afternoon. A live map shows it's apparently a global issue, with outages reported outside the U.S., too, including in India.

Trudy Lynne commented: "Totally down in upstate New York can’t do anything!"

Dee added, "I am unable to post a comment, I keep getting error message 'Something went wrong blah blah blah' FIX IT!!"

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There's no luck here at WWJ either, as we haven't been able to share our post about the Facebook problems on Facebook. 

So far, Facebook has not offered an explanation for the issues, and there's no word on when things may be back in working order.