Users worldwide report Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram outages

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The social media giant posted a message on Twitter saying it was "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible".

"We're working on getting it fixed as soon as we can", a message told many users as they tried to post content.

Some are reporting problems with the app loading slowly, feeds not refreshing and some can't login at all. According to website Down Detector, the majority of users affected are situated in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

Users also report that Instagram has inaccessible since the same time, as has Facebook's messaging app Messenger.

Instagram also experienced issues, with some users unable to log into their accounts.

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As a testament to how much many people rely on these platforms, the outage is already making headlines on newspaper websites such as The Tennessean and The Independent.

If you can't post a new status on Facebook, it's not you.

Facebook did not say what was causing the outages, which were still occurring as of 2.15pm ET, or which regions were affected. Complaints began popping up all over the web around 10 a.m. PT stating that neither Facebook nor Instagram was allowing them to log in.

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

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