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Last Updated on March 5, 2024
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Facebook is down or at least experiencing issues right now, as users seem to have ongoing issues in accessing the service. Not only that, it seems as though other Meta services have been hit too. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Threads have also seen a surge in issues, meaning that errors and login issues have been fairly common.

We don’t know what’s causing the issue at Meta impacting the company’s services, but outages website Downdetector has seen a spike starting at around 10:10 am ET on March 5th, impacting users across desktop and mobile apps (we’ve seen these first-hand too). As yet, there is no official statement from Facebook owner Meta acknowledging or detailing any current issues with any of its services – Instagram, as well as Threads. However, its Facebook service status page did flag issues before falling over and ceasing to work itself:

A screenshot of a Facebook login screen during Facebook down - facebook down
A screenshot of a Facebook login screen during Facebook down.

Is Facebook down right now?

For many Facebook is down and otherwise certainly struggling. It appears as though something is going on – here is the latest from Facebook on Downdetector at the time of writing. While the sudden spike in issues does appear to be dropping, you may experience ongoing issues until Facebook and Meta’s services stabilize.

A graph showing if Facebook is down by tracking the number of incidents in the last 24 hours.
A graph showing if Facebook is down by tracking the number of Facebook posts in the last 24 hours.

When will Facebook be back?

Unfortunately, since Meta hasn’t offered any official word on when Facebook or other services will return to normal it’s impossible to say when issues will be resolved. Often service issues are fixed swiftly, and although we use online services frequently which makes issues frustrating, waiting is often the best option. Usually, things will return to regular access for many users quite quickly, although ongoing effects may be felt for a little while as apps catch up, or as the remaining errors are sorted out.

Unless there is a major issue, we’d expect Meta’s service (Facebook included) to revert to normal accessibility – and Downdetector’s graph to flatline – in the next few hours. Meanwhile, it seems Elon Musk has not to subtly commented on service availability on X, posting “If you’re reading this post, it’s because our servers are working”.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.

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