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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by outage | Facebook

Facebook’s network of services including Instagram and WhatsApp has been hit by an outage in several countries including UK and the US, as the company admitted users were having “trouble accessing our apps”.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp became inaccessible for large numbers of people around 5pm UK time, with the site reporting more than 120,000 outages from Facebook users.

On Twitter, the Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said: “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.”

The Instagram site was displaying a 5xx server error message while the Facebook site was telling users: “Sorry, something went wrong.”

Facebook is going through a major PR crisis after the whistleblower who was the source of the Wall Street Journal’s series of stories exposing the company’s awareness of internal research into the negative effects of its products and decisions went public on 60 Minutes on Sunday.

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