The outage started after about 12 p.m. ET on March 13. According to testing done by The Epoch Times, as of 4:15 p.m. ET, Facebook was still down.
On Twitter, the term #Facebookdown trending for much of the day, with users lamenting that they could not post anything or even log into the website. Some couldn’t post photos.
On the website Downdetector.com, there were “problems at Facebook.” And thousands of people commented.
Facebook Down. In an era of 24 x 7 availability this is unprecendented. What is happening ? New features ? Bug fix ? Hacked ? Too much user Load ? # #facebookdown @facebook #whatwillwedo pic.twitter.com/mK7eYsRrWa
— Dr Dang (@Sudip88818336) March 13, 2019
“Both FB and WhatsApp are having issues today,” wrote one person.
People from all over the United States and other countries said they could not access the website and received error messages.
Facebook confirmed the outage.
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
We’re also aware that people are experiencing issues with access to our ads interfaces, we’ll share an update as soon as possible. https://t.co/Wk4STxGuEq
— Rob Leathern (@robleathern) March 13, 2019
Facebook’s ad products were also being affected, according to CNET.
On Twitter, a number of users posted memes and jokes about the outage.
— Stephanie Baiocchi (@stephbaiocchi) March 13, 2019
me, waiting for Facebook to be fixed..
— ariaaa (@Airaamdn) March 13, 2019
— Nikol Nikopoulou (@NikolNikopoulou) March 13, 2019
— ProjectBadass (@szabo_pete) March 13, 2019
— LizneyAnimationYT (@lizneyAnimation) March 13, 2019
— RT (@RT_com) March 13, 2019
— Meghan Kane (@meghan_kane) March 13, 2019