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Facebook, Instagram go down around the world in an apparent outage

, USA TODAY

Having trouble accessing Facebook or Instagram on Wednesday afternoon? You weren’t alone.

The massively popular social network started having problems at around noon Eastern time, with issues popping up across Facebook proper, Facebook Messenger and Instagram around the world.

As with nearly every Facebook outage, users headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic in the United States.

Downdetector.com, which monitors websites, showed the company experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe in addition to reported problems in parts of South America, Asia and Australia.

It is not immediately clear what caused Wednesday’s issue. Some users reported seeing a message saying the site was down for “required maintenance,” while others were able to get the social networks to briefly load before discovering that functionality was limited.

Attribution: USA TODAY

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