Two of the UK's most popular social media sites are down.

People across the country appear to be having issues with Facebook and Instagram.

According to Down Detector, the problems began at around 12.15pm.

Logging in appears to be the most common issue.

"Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes," an error message reads.

Most Facebook users are struggling to use the site

For Instagram, 77 per cent of reports are problems with the news feed. Some are struggling to log on and view stories.

As expected, users are heading to Twitter to vent their frustrations - and to have a little joke.

"Yooo, Facebook and Instagram down? I’ve got birthday wishes and people who I haven’t talked to in a long time to reply to," one said.

Another added: "Facebook is having a bit of a temper tantrum! Anybody else?"

No comment has been made by Facebook, which owns Instagram, on the latest issues.