Facebook and Instagram are down for the second time in a week, causing outrage on social media.

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FACEBOOK and Instagram went down for the second time this week.

Website trouble tracker Downdetector showed spikes in reports of problems accessing or using Facebook, Instagram, as well as Messenger and WhatsApp on Friday evening.

The outage appeared to affect either side of the pond, with the platform reported down in parts of Britain and France as well as the United States.

Instagram has said the outage on its platform has been resolved, around two hours after users began reporting being unable to refresh their home pages on Downdetector.

The social media giant said on Twitter: “Things have been fixed, and everything should be back to normal now.”

Earlier, Facebook said: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products.

“We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

Instagram added: “We know some of you may be having some issues using Instagram right now. We’re so sorry and are working as quickly as possible to fix.”

Both platforms experienced outages for around five hours on Monday evening, alongside messaging service WhatsApp.

People swiftly took to Twitter to share memes about the second Instagram disruption this week.

One user wrote: “Instagram down again? Get your s**t together for real.”

Twitter was full of memes poking fun at the rival platforms, but some people claimed they would ditch the service altogether.

Web monitoring group Downdetector showed there were tens of thousands of users reporting issues with the photo-sharing platform Instagram this evening.

There were also more than 800 reported issues with Facebook’s messaging platform.

Downdetector only tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage might have affected a larger number of users than reported.

Monday’s outage, which affected Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, left billions of the platforms’ users unable to get online for more than five hours.

Facebook, which owns all three platforms, said the glitch was caused by an error during a routine maintenance job and “not by malicious activity”.

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