Many Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram users were unable to view images on the services.
The outage seems to have begun at around 4 pm United Kingdom time after a message appeared on Facebook stating that Facebook is down and will be back soon. While message exchanges were still working for some, people had trouble loading Facebook News Feeds and images, viewing Instagram Stories and transferring media over Whatsapp.
"During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it hard for some people to upload or send photos and videos", Facebook had said.
The error message prompts users to try sending the image again.
Oculus, Facebook's VR property, separately tweeted that it was experiencing "issues around downloading software".
In the latest update shared by Facebook, it was confirmed that Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are all facing the same photo glitch. Several scandals have also occurred in the past couple of years related to how the company and its affiliates have manipulated users' personal data. The servers were back on 100 per cent later in the night. More than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users complained about Facebook and WhatsApp noted Down Detector. Users in Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Mexico and South Africa also have flagged issues.
Around the world, people are believed to have trouble sending pictures, uploading or just checking things out in general.