Facebook was down this afternoon for a number of users across Southern Ontario, east and west coast U.S. and Europe.
The problem seemed isolated to the social media platform’s Android app. When a user opened Facebook on an Android phone, the app remained running for a couple of seconds before crashing.
As of late Thursday afternoon, a Facebook spokesperson told MobileSyrup: “We have restored service for those who experienced a technical issue that caused some people to have trouble accessing Facebook on Android.”
According to Down Detector, users were reporting outages in a number of places across the world. However, Europe appears to be the hardest hit area.
However at around 2pm the app started working again, at least for us here at MobileSyrup.
Earlier today, Newsweek reported that European users had the issue as early as 6am ET. The problem spread across the Atlantic to Canada and the United States.
Hi. when i try to start my facebook it just closes down immediately. I have installed the app but the same error still. I have an Android mobile. Be the same mistake with snapchat yesterday, but it works now. @facebook
— Nils Eriksson (@nils_eriksson) July 12, 2018
Facebook users took to Twitter to declare their frustration. The problem was fairly wide spread, affecting a number of people.
Furthermore, some Reddit users speculated the issue was related to a recent app update.
Regardless of the cause, Facebook’s Android app seems back to normal now.
So rest easy — you can go back to Facebooking in peace — browsing all those new augmented reality advertisements the social network is testing out.
Update 07/12/2018: A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the company restored service. The article has been updated accordingly.