For once, a social media network is on fire and it isn't Twitter. Beginning Monday afternoon, severe outages were being reported across Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat though it's currently unclear how extensive the outages are. Tech outage tracking website Downdetector shows reports started flooding in early Monday afternoon, with the outages apparently impacting those along the Eastern Seaboard in the United States, in addition to locations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines.
Instagram and Snapchat both seem to follow similar outage patterns, although Instagram has a substantial amount of reports on the West Coast, particularly in the American Southwest. There's also a concentrated section of outages in New England.
With two of the three biggest social media networks down, fans quickly took to Twitter — which appears to be performing at full capacity as of this writing — to rant about the outages.
Facebook's down. pic.twitter.com/5C1GMlEIAi— Not Batman... (@skullzandshit) September 9, 2019
The problems have become so widespread, the #SnapchatDown hashtag has started to trend in the United States and those Snap fiends are having a heyday sharing memes and videos on Twitter about the ordeal.
Moments ago, Snapchat tweeted that the problems with the platform should be resolved thought Facebook and Instagram have yet to release an official statement or social posting of any kind. The outages come hours after Bank of America released a report suggesting monthly downloads for both Facebook and Instagram have slowed. According to a report from CNBC, Facebook app downloads are down 15 percent year over year while Instagram downloads are down nine percent year over year. Both are tracking at least three percent slower in the third quarter over the same time last year.
Though the bank's analysis didn't speculate the reason for the reduced usage, CNBC speculates consumers could still be apprehensive of the company following its Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
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