Facebook hit by worst outage in its history

Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb Croatia

A site that monitors website outages, said the Facebook problem also affected parts of the U.S., including the East and West Coast; parts of Europe and elsewhere.

According to downdetector.com, Facebook users in the United States are reporting issues with posting, live streaming features and a slew of other technical difficulties.

The social media giant, which owns Instagram, said it was aware of issues people were having with Facebook's suite of apps.

Facebook said they are working to resolve the problems as soon as possible.

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

But with thousands of users complaining on Twitter under the hashtag #facebookdown, a number of media reports put the number affected in the millions.

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This outage started within the last hour and according to the site outage.report it is affecting users all over the world including in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

"You make it sound as if it's the end of the world just because you can't be on Facebook". Many people went on Twitter to vent their frustration.

On its developer site, Facebook said: "We are now experiencing issues that may cause some API requests to take longer or fail unexpectedly".

Instagram also experienced issues, with some users unable to log into their accounts.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.

Facebook Messenger's desktop version did not load - but the mobile app appeared to allow the sending of some messages; however, users reported glitches with other kinds of content, such as images. We expect this to be resolved shortly.

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