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Facebook and Instagram outage forces unexpected social media break for a lot of workers

The outage was a trending topic on Twitter all day
Posted at 12:02 AM, Mar 14, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Rosemary Fajardo and her friends got a lot of work done at Lapostte’ Café on Spring Mountain Road Wednesday evening, but for them it was a long day without being able to access Facebook or Instagram.

"I noticed that I checked Instagram at least eight times today," said Rosemary. "I counted!"

That meant instead of scrolling through Instagram she was actually focused on working. She's a videographer who also does some podcasting. She relies on Instagram to showcase projects or find inspiration.

"My friends and I are always on social media because that's what we do for work," she said.

Both Instagram and Facebook went down sometime Wednesday around the world.

Facebook posted a message on Twitter that said the company is trying to resolve the issue but that it’s not the result of a cyber attack.

“You'd think people would be out at the park enjoying nature because social media is down,” Rosemary said. "But no people are just kind of going on the other social media platforms and complaining about how Instagram and Facebook are down.”

On twitter the hashtags #Facebookdown, #Instagramdown and #Instagramblackout2019 dominated trending topics.

Rosemary said while it changed her daily work flow there was a lesson in the forced hiatus.

“I just kind of thing social media has taken most of us out of that present moment,” she said. “And now that it's done it really makes us focus to be in the present."