Thousands report Facebook/Instagram 'blackout' as users unable to access sites

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Websites like Down Detector and Outage Report have had high numbers of users reporting the outages.

Facebook was down for many users Wednesday - illustration file picture.

A large-scale Facebook outage has been reported worldwide - with users experiencing problems logging in and posting.

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According to Downdetector, users in the U.S. and parts of Europe appear to be worst affected by the outage.

The problems appear to be affecting users on both desktop and mobile.

It wasn't just you who noticed that your Facebook page and Instagram pages weren't loading today. Though there's no official comment on Facebook's official Twitter account, a company spokesperson told CNET website, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram". People have been using that other main social media platform, Twitter, to vent their frustration, with the hashtag #FacebookDown trending globally.

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