Facebook and Instagram outage spreads to users worldwide

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More than a third of Facebook users affected by the outage reported that they were experiencing a 'total blackout'.

According to outage tracking website DownDetector, problems began to be reported by people unable to access the sites from about 1am NZT.

According to AdAge, advertisers were also locked out of Facebook's ad manager. A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.

Facebook users have taken to Twitter to share that the social media network is allegedly completely down.

Facebook finally tweeted - two hours after they started having issues. The site Down Detector reports issues all over the world.

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"We are now experiencing issues that may cause some API requests to take longer or fail unexpectedly".

As for Instagram, those attempting to access the social platform have found that it simply doesn't load or refresh. But Facebook now has billions of users across its services, many of whom rely on the company's apps for daily communication.

While there has been speculation that the site may have been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the firm said this is not the case. Others are just reporting problems with the newsfeed or login areas.

While desktop versions aren't even loading for many users, apps do load the content, but you can't post new status updates or send / receive messages. Many said their Instagram stories are crashing and there are glitches while logging in.