WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have started to come back online after being down for more than six hours in a major outage.
The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other related products, such as Facebook Messenger and Workplace, have also stopped working
Facebook and Instagram began working for users again at around 11pm, while WhatsApp remained still down.
In June and April this year, the social media giant’s platforms unexpectedly went down due to a “network configuration issue”.
Facebook apologises for company outage:
“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.”
“To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.”The company said in a statement posted on rival platform Twitter.