Facebook and Instagram down in possible worldwide outage

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We've reached out to Facebook for more information about the outage and will update the story when we hear back. Only 2,000 users were unable to access the app.

Thousands of users are complaining about Facebook down, and the company's photo-sharing platform Instagram also seems to be affected.

Facebook confirmed the outage, saying: "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram".

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Facebook officials have said in recent months that their platform was used in part of a Russian campaign to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Independent website Down Detector has received reports from hundreds of Facebook users saying the service isn't working.

#FacebookDown began trending on Twitter worldwide around 6pm SAST, as Twitter remained functional.

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Some users thought Twitter might be the next social media to take a hit though.

According to downdetector.com, Facebook has been "having issues since 8:20 AM EDT".

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