Facebook and Instagram suffered about an hour of downtime around 1AM ET earlier today. The worldwide outage meant users in the the United States, Asia, Australia and the UK couldn't access these
life support systems social media sites from laptops or smartphones. The outage also affected Tinder.
Users were greeted with the message "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can." Now that service has been restored, people are wondering exactly what happened. Was it hackers? Tech problems? Aliens? Nanobots? WHAT WAS IT? Facebook were quick to deny it was hackers and released a statement saying it was an internal problem.
"Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram," a spokeswoman told the BBC. "This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone."
Hacker group Lizard Squad, however, thought differently and appeared to claim responsibility and kudos for it, releasing the following tweet.
Lizard Squad previously claimed responsibility for the hacks on the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live network in December last year.
They've also hinted at more hacks to come after the Facebook one, along with threatening to release data they obtained after hacking Malaysia Airlines.
We'll have to wait and see how this one plays out. Someone's lying, either Lizard Squad or Facebook.
Meanwhile, over on Twitter users took the opportunity to have some fun at the expense of the Facebook outage. Because it would be weird if they just stayed silent, they're almost obliged to make with the humor. So here's some of their responses.