Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. Even Facebook-owned Oculus VR is experiencing issues related to the outage. Both platforms seem to have issues, especially when sending and receiving messages as well as posting new content. However, the issue isn’t impacting all Facebook and Instagram users. A message showing to those affected suggests the problem is part of scheduled maintenance. Facebook's own developer page, however, makes no reference to those issues. "Facebook will be back soon," the message showing to users reads.
"Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you're seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site," the message reads.
We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
Instagram in a tweet wrote: “We’re aware of an issue impacting people's access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP (sic).
We’re aware of an issue impacting people's access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP.— Instagram (@instagram) March 13, 2019
The last time Facebook suffered a massive outage was November 2018.