What would Malta do without Facebook?
Thousands of Maltese social media users found out on Tuesday morning when they were forced to put down their smartphones after Facebook and Instagram went down.
Some reported being unable to log in, write comments or post any pictures.
But for Maltese users, both platforms were up and running again within a few hours.
The outage appears to have affected users around the English-speaking world, including Malta, Britain, Australia, Canada, India and the US.
Facebook Messenger was also not working.
An alert on Facebook read: ‘Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.’
Instagram’s website displayed a similar message: ‘We couldn’t connect to Instagram. Make sure you’re connected to the Internet and try again.’
The hashtags #Facebookdown and #Instagramdown both became worldwide trends on Twitter after the reported outages.
Social media users also flooded Twitter with posts to complain that they couldn’t access Facebook.
One wrote: ‘Facebook and Instagram off the air, glad I have Twitter.’