A similar issue with the three apps was recorded in 2019 & 2008 when they crashed for around two hours before returning to being fully functional.
Facebook has apologised after global reports of people having problems accessing its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
Those two services and Facebook itself have all reportedly crashed, with users saying they are unable to send or receive messages, and their feeds are not refreshing.
Andy Stone, from Facebook’s communications department, tweeted: “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 apologize for any inconvenience.”
Downdetector, which collects status reports on the services, showed 73,804 problems with WhatsApp had been recorded in a spike at 4:53pm.
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