The three apps – which are owned by Facebook and run on shared infrastructure – stopped working simultaneously just before 3am (AEDT).
The social media giants have taken to Twitter to apologise but did not give a reason for the global outage.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook Communications exec Andy Stone tweeted.
“We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Users trying to access Facebook and Messenger have experienced issues refreshing their page and were informed: “Something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
A similar message confirming the outage was posted on WhatsApp and Instagram’s Twitter account.
“We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!” 
“Damn! I started doubting my internet connection,” one person commented.
“It’s not you, it’s us. Working on a fix asap,” WhatsApp replied.
Meanwhile, more users have been tuning into Twitter, which has not experienced any issues with outage.
“Hello literally everyone,” it tweeted.
Twitter is owned by Jack Dorsey, who in 2020, revealed he doesn’t use any Facebook owned apps – “any, actually”.
“I don’t really use Instagram,” Dorsey told the Boardroom: Out of Office podcast.
“I love what Snapchat has innovated around. I think they’re phenomenal. I don’t use a lot of Facebook products – any, actually.”
Asked if the CEO had “beef” with Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, Dorsey attempted to dodge the question. 
“Uh… there’s different approaches, Rich,” he replied, laughing.

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