Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram are down for many

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Most of the conversation on Twitter was about the consumer side of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, which all went down for hours on Wednesday, and were still offline by late afternoon.

About an hour after users started complaining about the outages, Facebook posted a short statement on Twitter that read, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

Facebook has acknowledged that its family of apps is going through troubles and promises to resolve the issue ASAP.

We know. Our @facebook and @instagram haven't been working either.

Facebook took to Twitter to update users on the situation. The company also said it is investigating the issue.

Social media users are facing problems with the Facebook's trio of social networks.

The company said the outages were not a result of a Distributed Denial of Service attack, known as DDoS - a type of cyber-attack that involves flooding a target service with extremely high volumes of traffic.

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Some people suspected that the outages indicated there was a sweeping cyberattack on the social media sites.

DownDetector, a website that tracks outages, indicates that Facebook is down mainly in parts of New England, Texas, Seattle, California, Washington, Latin America, the UK, India, and the Philippines. Users began reporting issues at around 4pm GMT, with full access to the platforms still ongoing.

"White moms complaining to their internet providers about Facebook not working thinking that their Internet isn't working because they needed to post another "live laugh love" quote", one person joked.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Facebook might be just a way for users to connect and stay in touch with each other but is a major platform for advertisers.

A Facebook spokesperson this morning also told 9news.com.au it is working to fix the outage.

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