FACEBOOK has suffered its most severe outage ever, sparking panic among social media users worldwide.
Millions reported not being able to post any messages or like other people’s posts on the site for eight hours.
And the social network’s messaging apps — WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — and picture-sharing site Instagram also went down.
Facebook, owned by Mark Zuckerberg (pictured), denied the outage, which started on Wednesday evening, was a cyber attack by hackers.
‘We’re aware some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,’ it tweeted two hours after they went down. ‘We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.’
But it was later reported that a database overload was to blame and Facebook was racing to ‘spin up new machines as others went down’.
More than a third of the Facebook users affected said they had experienced a ‘total blackout’.
Others said they could not refresh the news feed or log into their accounts.
Tens of thousands of users took to rival site Twitter to crack jokes. Colton Underwood, star of US reality TV series The Bachelor, mocked Instagram for shutting down on the day he was allowed to publicly flaunt his relationship with the show’s winner Cassie Randolph.
‘Yo @instagram I just went public with my girlfriend last night and I have to post a few more pictures of us to be annoying/show her off. Can you fix yourself soon?’, he posted.
US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked it meant she was not able to document a furniture shopping trip to her 3.5million followers.
‘After 2 months almost furnitureless in DC I am trying to take you all on the riveting adventure of getting: a chair,’ she tweeted.