Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go DOWN worldwide for FOUR hours and counting in catastrophic outage - as experts suggest internal error is to blame and staff 'are locked out of offices at California HQ' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go DOWN worldwide for FOUR hours and counting in catastrophic outage - as experts suggest internal error is to blame and staff 'are locked out of offices at California HQ'

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are down for users around the world, with the first report of problems coming in this afternoon.

According to DownDetector, the issues started at around 16:44 BST (11:44 ET), with nearly 80,000 reports for WhatsApp and more than 50,000 for Facebook.

NetBlocks, which tracks internet outages and their impact, estimate the outage has already cost the global economy $160m (£117 million), and sent the Facebook share price down by more than five per cent.

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