Facebook’s website and Instagram, Facebook’s photo-sharing service, both experienced intermittent outages on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. Instagram has acknowledged the problem, posting on Twitter that “some people are currently unable to access a range of Facebook apps, including Instagram,” adding that it is “trying to get things back to normal as soon as possible.”
Facebook says it has begun restoring user access to its services. “Earlier today, there was a problem with one of our central software systems, causing a lot of people to have problems visiting facebook’s app family. A Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “We have conducted a rapid investigation and have begun to resume the visit, and we are monitoring it to fully restore services. We apologize for the inconvenience. ”
Many users around the world report problems, saying they can’t post on Facebook, view information on Instagram, and even report questions about Facebook Messenger.
Instagram has been hit hardest in central Europe, with users across the Country reporting outages on Facebook’s service, according to Down Detector, a website that monitors the network.
With Americans on vacation on Thursday, the disruption of social media services will certainly cause a lot of inconvenience, but so far the outage has lasted only a few hours.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all suffered the worst outage in history in March, lasting more than 24 hours, and the problem was eventually attributed to “server configuration changes.”