UPDATE: Facebook back online after global outage

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Facebook suffered major technical issues on Tuesday which resulted in the platform being inaccessible to millions of users around the world.

Users in Thailand who were among the first to report problems in accessing the site from both desktop and the Facebook app were met with an error message that looked like this:

The website Downdetector, which monitors user generated web data to establish if a website is down, confirmed that Facebook was experiencing problems.

However, it wasn’t only in Thailand where users were unable to access the popular social media platform.

The problem also affected users throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and India.

Users on the west coast of the United States also reported problems.

In Thailand, the problem accessing Facebook started at around 8:25 am and was offline for around 25 minutes. However, users elsewhere reported outages of more than one hour.

At the time of writing, Facebook was yet to comment on the matter and the cause of the issue was not known.

There were also reports that Twitter too suffered technical issues on Tuesday, which was reportedly caused by the amount of people taking to the site to report that Facebook was offline, with #Facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending hashtag on the microblogging platform.

The problem comes just a few days after tens of millions of users were unable to access the Facebook owned WhatsApp, due to a technical issue that affected users across the globe.

In Thailand, Tuesday’s Facebook issue follows another major technical problem that meant customers of internet service provider 3BB were unable to access Google sites such as YouTube, Search and Gmail for almost 12 hours on Saturday.

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