“Networking issue” behind Facebook and Instagram crash

Swathes of social media users were left frustrated after being unable to access Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.

Huge numbers of people posted problems with the website just after 4pm, with news feeds struggling to load.

Instagram users also faced problems with the app.

Down Detectors has recorded a huge spike in reports of Facebook outages today.

The hashtag #Facebookdown has been trending on Twitter.

A Facebook spokeswoman said: “Earlier today, a networking issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Facebook services.

“We quickly investigated and started restoring access within about an hour, and we have nearly fixed the issue for everyone.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

Naturally, many people took to Twitter to query what was wrong with Facebook (and express their anguish through gifs).

More to follow.