Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down in several countries

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Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced widespread outages on Sunday for the second time in the past month (and the third time this year), with issues reported starting at around 11am BST and extending until around 2pm.

As the public becomes more cautious about privacy, Mr Zuckerberg foresees a change in the company's services, with growing numbers of people turning to closed communication such as private messaging, short-lasting stories that expire within 24 hours and small groups.

A Facebook spokesperson apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Facebook is pulling a feature that allowed users to send money to friends through its Messenger app nearly a year and a half after launching it in the UK. A Facebook representative told the media that prior today, a few people may have experienced difficulty interfacing with the group of applications. Dean Miller tweeted from NY. Facebook has more than 1.52 billion daily active, according to the social media network's website. The breakdown tracking and checking site also demonstrated that at the crest on Sunday, there were in excess of 3,000 occurrences of individuals announcing issues with WhatsApp and more than 7,000 with Instagram.

Downdetector.com's live outage map showed that the issues mainly cropped up in Europe.

DownDetector.com, a website which tracks online service outages, lists tens of thousands of reports from users confirming the sites are down in their area.

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