March 13, 2019 pmg2019

Facebook, Instagram go down across the United States in an apparent Facebook outage

Having trouble accessing Facebook or Instagram Wednesday afternoon? You weren’t alone.

The massively popular social network went down early afternoon with issues popping up across Facebook proper, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

As has been down in past Facebook outages, users quickly headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic in the United States., which monitors websites, showed the company experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe in addition to issues in other areas in South America and Asia.

It is not immediately clear what caused the Wednesday issue. Some users reported seeing a message saying the site was down for “required maintenance.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Facebook for comment and will update this story when they respond.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp did not appear to be immediately affected by the outage.