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FACEBOOK is down tonight and not working leaving thousands of users unable to access the popular social media site. Users are seeing a blank screen when trying to log in and view their timeline.
5.40pm UPDATE: Facebook has just confirmed the issues with a spokesperson telling Express.co.uk, "We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."

5.30 pm UPDATE: Facebook users are still facing major issues tonight after the social media site went down over an hour ago.

Thousands of outages continue to be reported with both web and app users seemingly affected.

ORIGINAL STORY: Facebook is currently down with thousands of users across the UK and Europe currently unable to access the service.

The issues appear to have began just after 4.20pm BST this afternoon.

Down Detector, which monitors outages, is currently showing thousands of reports with a spike seeing over 3,000 people mentioning the issues.

One user has posted a message on Down Detectors forums saying they are simply seeing a white screen when trying to load Facebook.

Whilst another has confirmed: "Nothing loading for me either. Blank page."

Users have also flocked to Facebook's big rival Twitter to report issues with the service this afternoon.

One user tweeted: "FACEBOOK IS DOWN"

While another said: "OMG! Facebook is DOWN! What do we do? It's a crisis."

And one fan even suggested it was the end of the world saying: "What happened to Facebook!? It's actually DOWN. The apocalypse must be here!! #facebookdown." 

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