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Updated: 18th May 2019 18:30Technology & Science

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp back up after widespread outages

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday but were running again for most users by 9 a.m. ET.

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Social media platforms temporarily down early Sunday morning

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp appeared to be back up and running for most users on Sunday morning after experiencing earlier widespread outages. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday but were running again for most users by 9 a.m. ET.

All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage.

Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. ET in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in the northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines.

Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages.

"Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we're sorry for any inconvenience," a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.

#FacebookDown, #Instagramdown and #Whatsappdown were all trending on Twitter globally.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.

There are more than 1.52 billion daily active Facebook users, according to the social media network's website.

With files from Reuters

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