On Tuesday (today), Facebook logged out many users from their apps and desktop versions, as well as their Messenger app, prompting many to panic over fears of being hacked.

Meta’s Communication Director Andy Stone posted on X (formerly Twitter) said that Meta is aware of having trouble accessing its services. “We are working on this now,” he said.

By 4.55pm Downdetector, which gives real-time updates on online issues, registered 352,029 reports of Facebook outages. 74 per cent of the reports were related to issues with logging in, 18 per cent had issues with the Facebook app while eight per cent had issues with the social media website.

On the other hand, the website Down for Everyone or Just Me had a total of 18,415 reports. According to this website, 59 per cent of the reports were regarding issues with logging in, 32 per cent were cut off access and nine per cent received an error notification.

Login troubles were being faced worldwide.

Outages also affected Messenger, Instagram and for some WhatsApp and Threads, all owned by Facebook’s Meta.

Downdetector reports shows that after Facebook, Instagram was the most reported to be suffering outages out of the three with 53,183 reports,  while Messenger had 8,833 reports, Threads had 640 reports and WhatsApp had just 179 reports.

The number of reports was significantly lower on Down for Everyone or Just Me.

At around 5:15pm, Facebook returned to normalcy.

Figures featured in the article were as at the time of writing (4:55pm).

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