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"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", a Facebook spokesperson told cnet.com.

It's not clear what caused the issue but a spokesperson for the social networking giant confirmed that the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.

Thousands have taken to Twitter to report the outage.

While Facebook and Instagram have been down, many have turned to Twitter to make jokes about the outage.

Users in the United Kingdom have been worse affected in London, according to website DownDetector.

Facebook, one of the biggest social media platforms in the world, appears to be down.

The live outage map on downdetector.com shows outages spread across the U.S.

Facebook and its network of apps have been suffering connectivity issues for over five hours now. Users are also reporting issues with their Oculus accounts.

"We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP".

Facebook might be just a way for users to connect and stay in touch with each other but is a major platform for advertisers. Facebook quickly addressed the rumors, assuring users that the site blackouts were not an attack.

In its most recent update, Facebook said that it can confirm the problem does not stem from a DDoS attack.

Those on Instagram were not able to refresh feeds or post new material. Problems range from pages not loading whatsoever to issues within Facebook Messenger.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Others are seeing a red box which states that Facebook is down for "required maintenance" but will be back up "within a few minutes" or "a few hours".


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