Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp experiencing outages, Facebook says it's working on fixes

Instagram outages spiked alongside its social media brethren Facebook and WhatsApp

The outages apparently started as early as 8:04 am EDT, and 85% of those who complained about Facebook on DownDetector say that images were affected by the issue.

In March, Facebook and Instagram suffered their most extended period of disruption ever.

The company apologized for the inconvenience, tweeting at about 23:00 BST: "We're virtually at 100% resolved".

The latest problems come three weeks after Instagram had an outage that lasted more than two hours, on June 13.

Outages like today's occur occasionally on Facebook, but they are typically resolved in a matter of minutes.

Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Twitter all experienced different functionality issues, ranging from bugs, images not loading, and - on Twitter - problems with sending direct messages.

A Facebook spokesperson, also speaking on behalf of Instagram and WhatsApp, said that a "routine maintenance operation" accidentally triggered a bug that made it hard for users to upload or send photographs and videos, United States media reported.

"We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible".

Users of Facebook and WhatsApp were also encountering problems sharing photos, video and files, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

Some users are able to access the upload screen but once the "upload" button is clicked, very little happens. For Whatsapp, texts were going through, but for videos and images, users saw a message reading "download failed" and the content did not arrive.

Instagram is popular all around the world with over 1.1 billion users.

Another day, another service outage at social media giant Facebook and its subsidiary company Instagram. The servers were back on 100 per cent later in the night. But they were reported across the world, with significant numbers of reports from Europe, South America and East Asia.

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