FACEBOOK is currently down for users across the UK, with thousands of social network fans unable to login or even load the Facebook homepage. However, one simple tip could help you access the website during the outage.
Facebook is currently suffering an outage across the UK and large swathes of Europe and the United States Of America, according to reports from social network users.
Thousands of Facebook users have been left unable to load the social network on desktop computers – with users left confronted with an error message.
“The site can’t be reached,” the error message reads.
“The webpage at https://www.facebook.com/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.”
However Facebook users have shared a simple trick that appears to temporarily solve the issue.
Those unable to load the Facebook website should hold down the Shift button on their keyboard and refresh the webpage.
Users on Windows machines should hold down the Ctrl button instead of Shift.
This is known as a hard refresh.
This clears the web browser’s cache for a specific page – forcing it to load the most recent version of a page.
Users have reported success loading a working version of Facebook using this simple method
Some Facebook users have claimed that using an Incognito window in Google Chrome solves the problem, too.
Incognito mode allows you can browse the Internet in private without Chrome saving the sites you visit.
To load a new Incognito window, navigate to the top-right of the window and launch the menu under the three-dots.
Tap on New Incognito Window.
Thousands of users are reporting problems with the social network website every minute, Down Detector data has revealed.
According to its data, some 39 per cent of users have been left unable to login to the social network.
Thousands of Facebook users have complained about outages
Enraged customers have flooded social media to complain about the problems.
Facebook has not acknowledged the ongoing issues that appear to have hit users across the UK.
Its platform status page has not been updated to reflect the problems.
The webpage, which is designed to show when the social network platform is suffering a network-based issue, states that the “Facebook Platform is Healthy”.
DownDetector data shows users across the UK and Europe complaining about the outage
Users have been furiously tweeting with the social hashtag #facebookdown to voice their anger – and poke fun at – the major outage.
One user tweeted: “Why is @facebook not working I keep getting this message, I logged in fine now i see this all the time #facebookdown “.
While another added: “Back on Twitter only because I can’t write on #Facebook that Facebook is down #facebookdown”.
And one person posted: “Whatever problems you’re facing today, the world has bigger problems, okay? #facebookdown”.