Facebook outage leaves users scrambling, cracking jokes online


Facebook went down and the internet tried its best to keep calm and carry on.

“Sorry, something went wrong,” the website said Monday. “We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

At around 1 p.m. ET on Monday, Facebook stopped working for users, and people aren’t sure why. Photo from Getty Images.

The popular social platform stopped working at around 1 p.m. ET. In response, users took their frustrations to other websites. By around 1:20 p.m., #FacebookDown was trending on Twitter. Forty minutes after the outage was first noticed, the site was back up and running.

It was not immediately clear how widespread the outage was, but more than 1,000 people reported the site being down on DownDetector.com, which tracks these kinds of events. Outages were reported in Canada and the U.S., as well as parts of Central and South America.

The social networking site has more than two billion monthly users, according to TechCrunch.

Here’s the message users receive when they try to visit Facebook on Nov. 12, 2018, at around 1 p.m. ET. Photo from Facebook.

Users decided to have a little fun with the outage by sharing some jokes on Twitter, which is where many people are now talking about Facebook. Here are some examples of the chatter online: