Facebook and Instagram went down early Tuesday morning as a major snowstorm hit the Northeast. Reports on social media indicate that Tindr and Hipchat were also down.
Users worldwide were affected by the outage, The Associated Press reported, many of whom took to Twitter to express their outrage (mock and in some cases genuine) and crack jokes.
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) January 27, 2015
Widespread global reports now of a phenomenon called 'talking to each other'. Horrible scenes.
— sam. (@SamAlexWarren) January 27, 2015
After about 40 minutes, Facebook and the rest of the sites were back online.
— Creative Chaos (@csquareonline) January 27, 2015
Lizard Squad, the hacking collective that claimed responsibility for taking down the Malaysian Airlines website on Sunday, suggested on Twitter that it was also responsible for the social media outage.
However, in a statement cited by TechCrunch, Facebook denied being hacked:
"Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone."
I played with my real cat instead of watching cat videos. #ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown
— The Geekpreacher (@geekpreacher) January 27, 2015
— Amanda Bates (@amandabate5) January 27, 2015
#ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown actually walked up to someone and poked them. However they did not wanna be my friend afterwards 😂
— DJ Darryl Williams (@DJDarryl) January 27, 2015
what if an atheist started #pray4facebook and now they're questioning their religious beliefs cause the site is working again
— Hayden Shields (@hirschgoesRAWR) January 27, 2015
I'd like to thank Lizard Squad for taking down Facebook. A break from 957 Candy Crush Saga invites a day was needed. #facebookdown
— Scott McClellan (@bamasevere) January 27, 2015
The worst thing about #facebookdown is not being able to post about it on facebook.
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) January 27, 2015
Clearly I was mistaken in thinking having #facebookdown would improve my productivity tonight. 'cuz here I'm on twitter instead....
— irvin lin (@eatthelove) January 27, 2015
— ismailkidd (@ismailkidd) January 27, 2015