Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp users are in a frenzy after many attempted to log in today only to find that the sites were down. The outage appears to have affected users around the world, with thousands of reports within the first hour. Users took to Twitter to express their grief about the issue, which seems to have crashed both the mobile application and the desktop versions. According to

Down Detector, the outages appear to have started around 4:48 p.m. (ET). A live outage map shows hotspots in the northeastern region of the US, as well as some parts of Europe. Parts of South America, the Philippines and India also seem to have been hit. Users reported having issues logging into the service, posting comments and viewing photos. Facebook showed an error message for some users on its site that read: ‘Your account is currently unavailable due to a site issue. READ MORE