How to know for sure if Facebook (or any social network) is down


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In the past couple of months, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks have faced a lot of outages. But how can you make sure that if the site’s actually down or if it’s just your phone or network provider?

There are multiple ways to do it. First, you can check the official source of each site.

Facebook status board

But not all these boards present information in an understandable and friendly manner. That’s where other websites like Downdetector and Outage Report come in.

  • Head to or
  • All the major sites are listed as icons on the home page, if you don’t find a site that you’re looking for there, you can search for it.
  • Once you click on a site that you want to check status of, down detector will show a dashboard with the current status, and number of outage reports

    The next time you see that a website is not working for you, use this method to check – and don’t forget to tweet @ us.

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