UPDATE 8:30 p.m. ET: Facebook’s services started to come back online around 6:30 p.m. ET. In a tweet, Facebook apologized for the downtime. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also posted an apology on his Facebook page.
“Sorry for the disruption today — I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Downdetector says “the global Facebook outage is now one of the largest ever tracked on Downdetector in terms of the total number of reports (over 14 million as of 3:30 p.m. PDT) and duration.” Earlier this afternoon, the US had the most reports at over 1.7 million followed by Germany (1.3 million), the Netherlands (915,000), the United Kingdom (789,000), and Italy (400,000), according to the site.