Facebook and Instagram are down: Social media sites crash for users across the UK

  They’re two of the most popular social media sites, but it seems that both Facebook and have crashed this afternoon  According to Down Detector, the issues started at around 14:15 GMT, and are affecting users across the UK  While the reason for the outage remains unclear, of those who reported issues about , 74% said they had problems with the News feed, 14% with Stories, and 10% with the website  Meanwhile, of those who reported issues with Facebook, 65% struggled to log-in, 22% couldn’t see pictures, and 11% had a total blackout  When trying to access Facebook, some users have been met with an error message, reading: “Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes ”  While the reason for the outage remains unclear, many frustrated users have taken to Twitter to discuss the problems  One user tweeted: “Anyone else’s down? Like I got WiFi but it’s saying can’t refresh feed and won’t load stories and my page ain’t loading Same with Facebook. It won’t let me add people back and can’t refresh the page.”  Another wrote: “#instagramdown Cue all the tweets about having to interact with friends & family.”  And one joked: “Black Friday hitting hard on Facebook ”  Mirror Online has contacted Facebook for comment.  We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story   For the latest news and breaking news visit  mirror.co.uk/tech  Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you   Follow us on Twitter @MirrorTech – the official Daily Mirror & Mirror Online Twitter account – for all the best Tech and Science stories in real time  We’re also on Facebook/dailymirror – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout the day from the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Mirror Online