Facebook and Instagram outage causes Twitter meltdown

Hackers Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for taking Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM and Hipchat down. All five services were taken offline and micro blogging site Twitter lit up with complaints from angry users.

Millions of users worldwide experienced down time with the five services mentioned above, but the two main social media sites to suffer the most and gain majority of the complaints were Facebook and Instagram. So much so two hashtags are trending in Twitter right now, these are #instagramdown, #facebookdown. Also trending in Twitter is ‘Facebook and Instagram’ without the hashtag symbol.

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These social media services only went down briefly, they all were back up and running not long after its downtime. The outage for Facebook and Instagram occurred in Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States and lasted around 30 minutes.

Lizard Squad took to its Twitter account and tweeted, “’Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad.” It was only recently Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down Malaysia Airlines website, where the error message ‘404 - Plane Not Found’ with a picture of a lizard wearing a top hat above it showed online.

None of the companies have issued a statement in what caused the outage.

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9GAG over on Twitter have tweeted some really good memes, many showing pictures with words, which will make you laugh no doubt. One tweet says, “Take a selfie, remember where you were when #facebookdown happened. Remember it for your grandchildren.” We will let you read the others; don’t want to spoil it for you.

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Read all the tweets, some are really funny like, “Facebook instantly went back up again after Twitter scared to sue them - being down is their trademark. Click on the relevant hashtag to read the tweets - #instagramdown / #facebookdown.

Over on @BBCNewsbeat they recently tweeted saying Facebook said the outage was not a third party attack, it apparently happened during a change to “configuration systems.” But Twitter users do not believe this for one minute.

Do you think Lizard Squad were behind taking down Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM and Hipchat, or was it something else? Is Facebook and Instagram up and running for you now?

Facebook and Instagram outage cause Twitter meltdown