Every time Instagram and Facebook are down, all hell breaks loose.

The memes run wild, the conspiracies come to light and most of all we’re just wasting our time refreshing the damn things in hope they’ll pick up again.

As you know, while we were all asleep, the two aforementioned platforms were down, for unknown reasons.

In the interim, the company’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer took to Twitter (the only working platform at the time) to announce his “sincere apologies”.

“*Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now,” he wrote. “We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”

As reported by Viceconspiracy theories are currently circulating the internet (despite the platform having been down).

The theory says that the issues were related to a “massive hack” related to an episode of 60 Minutes.

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The episode featured what is being referred to as a new “Facebook whistleblower” who is alleging that Facebook is knowingly spreading fake news in relation to putting an end to “hate speech” and “misinformation” on the platform.

As reported by Complexthe whistleblower named Frances Haugen said, “The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its interests, like making more money.”

The reasons for the social media platform outages are still unknown.

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