KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 –  Users worldwide were unable to log on to two of the world’s largest social networks, Facebook and Instagram, for close to an hour today (Jan 27). Netizens around the globe reacted in surprise, shock and panic on Twitter after Facebook and Instagram went offline at 2.25pm. Services were only restored at 3.10pm, about 45 minutes later. No reason has been given yet for the disruption. Internet users around the world complained of not being able to access their accounts on the social networking site. Naturally, they took to Twitter to vent.

David Ramos tweeted: “So facebook isn’t working.” RB ‏tweeted: “What happen to facebook????” Carl Elphick tweeted:  ‏”oh noes! facebook is down.” Mogo ‏said, “Facebook is down and I had too much caffeine so I have nothing to do but I’m wide awake help.” Lea Wykes said: “With Facebook and Instagram both down. I have no work to do. Shopping it is.” An Instagram statement on Twitter said: “We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. “Thank you for your patience.” Instant messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, is working as normal.

The hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed to be responsible for a massive internet outage, which has currently brought down Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat and Myspace. According to the group, Twitter would have been down if Twitter wasn’t the communication platform of choice (for the Lizard Squad).  The popular social media site went down overnight with users flooding Twitter with angry and confused tweets. Cyber criminals Lizard Squad have claimed responsibility for the attack.

With Facebook unavailable apps such as online dating phenomenon Tinder, which rely on Facebook for photos and user log-ins, were also not working. Users in Europe, the US and Asia all reported issues. Lizard Squad, who hacked the Malaysia Airlines website on Monday, tweeted: “Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad” In a statement issued Facebook said: “We’re aware that many people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

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