In the absence of the extremely popular platforms, many flooded Twitter to celebrate, despair or express deep suspicions over the outages.
Snapchat, another popular encrypted messaging app, was also down on Wednesday.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 13, 2019
— Shara Howard (@HowardShara) March 13, 2019
— Karen Johnson (@kjohn3480) March 13, 2019
— Teeshay (@teeshays) March 14, 2019
In the last 12 hours, YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive, Facebook and Instagram have gone down or been so incapacitated they did not work properly. This cannot be a coincidence. Are we under hack attack? #facebookdown
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 13, 2019
During those hours, some in the U.S. who tried to log into Facebook found themselves confronted with a note that said the company was down for “required maintenance” and that “Facebook Will Be Back Soon.”
Ironically, Facebook employees also turned to Twitter to let users know that there was an issue.
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” the company tweeted. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Instagram issued a similar tweet, saying it knew the situation was “frustrating” and that the company was hard at work to resolve it.
— Jeff Frye (@JefferyFrye) March 14, 2019
Americans sure do love their Facebook pic.twitter.com/W8XUuFvVV1
— Gene Park (@GenePark) March 13, 2019
Some people suspected that the outages indicated there was a sweeping cyberattack on the social media sites. Facebook quickly addressed the rumors, assuring users that the site blackouts were not an attack.
And while access to Facebook and Instagram were restored for some users, the many still left out continue to air their grievances on good ol’ occasionally trusty Twitter.
— i dont even like you. (@perlacozart11) March 14, 2019
— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) March 13, 2019
welcome all you beautiful instagram exiles we’re ugly and mean here