Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down for more than two hours

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have all come up against problems this morning for users around the world. Facebook and Instagram were both inaccessible, news feeds refusing to be refreshed and the main Facebook.com domain unavailable for more than two hours. Whatsapp messages were also not sent or received, and users of Facebook's main services (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) headed to Twitter to report that they had problems. Messenger, the Facebook chat service, has also been down for more than two hours.

The outages seem to have started around 6:30 am (ET) this morning and some places have been more affected than others. "We are aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the family of Facebook applications," said a Facebook spokesman in a statement. The edge. "We are working to solve the problem as soon as possible." Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have all started coming back online around 9 am Eastern time.

Facebook's problems come just a month after Facebook had its worst outage ever. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were all inaccessible for hours last month and it was only 24 hours later that Facebook finally gave the green light. Facebook blamed the "server configuration change" and apologized for the failures.

Updated April 14 at 9:00 am ET: Article updated with Facebook declaration and confirming the return of online services.

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