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So while you’re waiting for these sites to be back up, remember that The News Minute is still very much up. Here’s what you can read.

Multiple users across the world have reported Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram — all three of which are owned by Facebook — are down. Either users couldn’t access the platform, or their feeds refused to refresh.

And as is the case with every outage, social media users flocked to Twitter to check if the platforms were truly down, or it was a problem with the internet connection. #WhatsAppDown, #InstagramDown and #FacebookDown were trending on Twitter worldwide.

Just last month, Facebook users worldwide reported problems logging into their accounts, sharing posts on its website and Instagram and not being able to refresh feeds or post new files using the social media giant's family of apps. It was one of Facebook’s worst outages as it lasted many hours, which the social media giant had acknowledged on Twitter. Last month, they had attributed it to a “server configuration change”.

So while you’re waiting for these sites to be back up, remember that The News Minute is still very much up. Here’s what you can read:

Tamil Nadu is going to vote in just a few days, and while Vijay’s official stand is to not support or oppose anyone this time around, his fans are still miffed with the Mersal and Sarkar fiascos. What will it mean for BJP and AIADMK? Kavitha Muralidharan explores –  Vijay fan’s snub to AIADMK: Will AIADMK-BJP pay for alienating Thalapathy lovers?

Meet the team that's giving new definitions to Malayali slurs like 'Feminichi' and 'Vedi'. Arya Prakash and her team are making some hilarious – and heartwarming – redefinitions, and are also making some interesting Tinder and Insta profiles of film characters.

Also, why not catch up on some TV while these sites are down? From 'Petta' to 'Boomerang', here are the films playing on TV for Tamil New Year.

And if you want to step out for a film, here are our reviews of Madhura Raja, Athiran, Kavaludaari, and Chitralahari.

Keep calm and carry on!