Facebook, Instagram and Other Platforms Experiencing Issues Worldwide

By Web Staff

Social media platforms had a bit of a meltdown on July 3.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter were all experiencing various issues.

Facebook outages were reported across the world on July 3. (Google Maps)

Users reported bugs, such as images not loading on Instagram and problems with Twitter direct messages, including the app showing notifications for unread DMs that weren’t there when users checked their inbox.

Issues on Facebook and Twitter were happening in pockets worldwide, according to Down Detector, which tracks issues and outages on a variety of sites.

social media apps on smartphone
This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018, shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s unclear what caused issues on Twitter and Facebook apps. Facebook said it was investigating the problem, but noted it’s not the result of a cyber attack. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In March, Facebook was hit with a partial outage affecting users globally that stretched for almost 24 hours. The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage. The interruption also extended to its other services, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

Users Voice Outrage After Outage

On Twitter, people are voicing outrage. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are the top trending hashtags on the social media site.

“Zuckerberg and his cohorts are not very smart, can’t seem to fix problem in short amount of time. Guess they are struggling,” wrote one person on Downdetector.com.

“Can’t load anything, can’t post an I live in Pennsylvania but u can’t look at anything can’t see any pics nothing can’t even load anything on Instagram either only thing that works is WhatsApp, the whole entire day,” wrote another.

Another person speculated: “July is the month that FB starts charging for pics. If you share one, the shared pic is only half price.”

“Can’t see any pictures. Not uploading it just stops midway!” said another.

Added one: “Guys it’s been over 4 hours and pics not showing and loading is slow or not loading at all. frustrated? could be more than that! phones are on fire!”

“Not all images are showing on Fb, Insta or WhatsApp. Just shows refresh arrow. Come on Facebook,” said another.

“Must be a sign that we all need to just abandon these social networks altogether,” one person opined.

Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips and the CNN Wire contributed to this report.