UAE Facebook fixed: media error resolved on WhatsApp and Instagram

More than 14,000 users worldwide reported problems with Instagram, says

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Facebook announced it had solved issues with media on its platforms after more than eight hours of problems on Thursday morning,

Social media users in the UAE experienced difficulties using Facebook's platforms as part of a global issue affecting Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Facebook said it was working to resolve the problems faced by some users while sending media files.

Others were also having problems viewing or opening images on Facebook.

More than 14,000 users reported issues using Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp, website said.

The website's live map showed the problems were in parts of Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Facebook experienced one of its longest cuts in March, when users around the globe had problems accessing the three platforms for more than 24 hours.

Naturally, social media turned to Twitter with #instagramdown #facebookdown #whatsappdown leading the trends.

Others, of course, turned to memes:

But the service was experiencing issues with direct messages and notifications.

"We’re working on a fix and will follow up as soon as we have an update for you. Apologies for the inconvenience," Twitter said ... in a tweet.