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THE WORLD’S biggest social network, Facebook, fell down Down Under today.
The multibillion-dollar network became inaccessible to its 16 million Australian users shortly after 11am.
Instead of seeing their profile page and photos, users were shown an error message stating the company was “working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can”.
— Raph Cocson (@raphcocson) May 9, 2017
Things to do while Facebook is down:
1. Refresh Facebook until it comes back online
That’s all I got.
— Bastion Main. (@Gaetano_Prestia) May 9, 2017
AussieOutages has received more than 3000 complaints about Facebook’s momentary demise.
Based on the reports, the social network appeared to be out across the Asia Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, before returning just before midday.
Some users also reported being unable to access the company’s Messenger app, which is designed as a text-messaging replacement.
Facebook Australia confirmed the local outage, blaming an unspecified technological problem.
“Earlier today, some Facebook users were unable to access Facebook briefly due to a technical issue,” the company said in a statement.
“We have now fixed the issue and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
— Jamie (@jamietoomeylive) May 9, 2017
We don’t mean to alarm you but FACEBOOK IS DOWN!!! How will we know what you ate for lunch!? pic.twitter.com/j3z6Uf4q13
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) May 9, 2017