Outages hit Facebook's apps including Instagram and WhatsApp

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Users looking for answers headed to Twitter, where the #facebookdown hashtag rapidly started trending. The company has not yet explained the outage, which occurred just days after a connection problem brought down Instagram and WhatsApp, both owned by Facebook.

Thousands of users across the world have reported the outage.

Facebook acknowledged their mistake and apologised to the users.

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A map from website status tracker downdetector.com showed problems concentrated on the East Coast and in Europe.

"We know some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps", Facebook said on its official Twitter handle around 9:00 p.m.

Soon, Facebook was finally able to pinpoint the cause of the issue.

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Small, short outages usually happen every so often to all of the social media giants. You can check the amount of time you spend on the app and even set soft limits on it.

We already have this option on our Facebook app at the time of writing, and from the looks of it, the recorded time spent is strictly based on the device you're using.

The Facebook log in screen is seen is seen on an iPhone 8 plus in this stock photo, May 25, 2018.

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