Almost all of Facebook's products were hit by the problems, with the exception of WhatsApp, which appears to have successfully stayed online.
The problems were seen across the world, though did not appear to affect all users the same. Some said they were still able to see parts of each app, while others reported that the services appeared to be working as normal.
The outage recalls the major problems over summer, during which the entire Facebook suits of products went offline for almost a day.
Instagram's Thanksgiving post remains last tweet on profile
Instagram's last official tweet was about Thanksgiving pie, noting that most people had been posting about pumpkin, followed by pecan. But sadly people won't now be able to post them.
Facebook's status page says site is still working
Facebook's server status page – which is intended to announce when there are problems with the platform – suggests that the site is still working:
This page is intended for developers, which is why it focuses on how the platform itself is working rather than whether the site is working. But even on there, as can be seen, there seems to be an uptick of problems recently.
Instagram doesn't have a version of this site. During previous widespread outages, the company has posted on its Twitter account, but it has not yet done so.
Thanksgiving outage leads to jokes and frustration
Reaction on Twitter – which is still working – is somewhere between joy and frustration that people won't be able to post about Thanksgiving:
Facebook was hit by problems during the last UK election period, too. Here's a story from June 2017, when the site went down on election day.
The IndependentBoth individual users and the world's biggest news publishers have been hit by the problem
Forces urge users to spend time with their families instead
And – last but not least – here's our story about Facebook Messenger being down
Facebook Messenger has suffered a major outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages. It is one of several Facebook apps to experience difficulties, with both the main Facebook app and Facebook-owned Instagram also going down. It is not yet clear what caused the issue, though it is the latest in a series of significant outages for the social media giant. According
Here's our story about Instagram being down
Instagram is down, according to some of its users. A huge number of people rushed to complain that the photo sharing website had broken. The outage comes on Thanksgiving morning in the US, leading many to joke that they had been forced to engage with their family members. The problems are being seen across the world, according to tracking website Down Detector.
Here's our story about Facebook being down
Facebook has stopped working, amid a major Thanksgiving outage.
Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp have all gone down in a simultaneous and strange outage. The three apps might appear to be run separately, even if they are all owned by the same company. On the face of it, there is nothing obvious to link the three different services, and each of them can be used individually.
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