Facebook, Instagram down in parts of US & Europe

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Down detector MAPPED The outage is affecting Facebook users across the globe

Personally, I was not able to access Facebook's website, but could still interact with both Facebook and Instagram through apps.

Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) experienced widespread outages on Wednesday.

GearBrain staff encountered problems too, with Instagram failing to load in the United Kingdom and Facebook showing nothing but a white screen when accessed in the US.

Facebook users across US, UK, Europe and India have taken to microblogging website to report the disruptions.

Outage Report's map highlights the East and West coasts of the USA and Europe as the most affected areas of the outage.

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"Fifty per cent of the people reported having trouble logging in while 40 per cent complained that they faced total blackout issues".

Apparently you go to Twitter to confirm that you're not the only one who can't get onto the other social media websites.

The outage came around the same time as a Facebook outage, which is being attributed to possible scheduled maintenance.

Numerous thousands of users affected took to rival social network Twitter to complain about the lack of service.

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