Eskom has announced enhancements to its digital platforms, including a new chatbot called Alfred to report faults and an upgraded customer portal and app….
That’s it folks, we can all pack up and leave the internet now. Facebook is down. Anyone trying to access the world’s largest social network was today greeted with the following message:
The outage, which appears to be global, trended on Twitter although it was beaten out by the likes of #2YearsOfBelieveAlbum, #IndonesiaHEBATselalutersenyum and #YouAintFromMemphis. It’s unclear why that’s happened, but the reaction on the 140-character-or-less social network was, for the most part, typically dry and sardonic.
If you're annoyed at Facebook being down, please feel free to email Mark Zuckerberg and demand a full refund.
— 6000 (@6000) June 19, 2014
When the Facebook Error clears up, everyone is going to be on level 1 at Candy Crush. I look forward to rent decreases after mass suicides.
— Nick Mamatas (@NMamatas) June 19, 2014
— Brian of London (@brianoflondon) June 19, 2014
Facebook STILL down. So I have decided to talk to actually talk to my wife.
— Martin Williams (@Martin1Williams) June 19, 2014
LOL! Facebook error page has a "Go back" link that takes you back to the same error page. *slow clap*
— ArgMyst (@AzMyst) June 19, 2014
Zuck: What is Yo? FB employee: It’s like Poke, but…actually it’s Poke. Zuck: I give up. Shut the whole thing down. pic.twitter.com/JEsIF8sywA
— Ben Thompson (@monkbent) June 19, 2014
Marketing teams were also quick to capitalise on the error:
— Nestle KitKat PH (@kitkat_ph) June 19, 2014
Interestingly, the error appears to also have affected Instagram users, suggesting that something has gone pretty catastrophically wrong.
Facebook error on Instagram… pic.twitter.com/5Zb7qW8TbP
— Will Warren™ (@Thunder_flo25) June 15, 2014
FACEBOOK ERROR MESSAGES ON INSTAGRAM – social media you are broken and you need a time out
— A S H L Y N (@etcshlynbin) June 12, 2014
To date there have been no signs of four scary dudes on horseback or multi-headed serpent monsters, but we will be the first to update you if this really is the beginning of the apocalypse.
Update: it’s back up. You can stop stockpiling canned goods.