Popular social media apps face outage

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Users of social media applications Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram reported widespread outages on Monday.

They appear not to be working on smartphone apps or on web platforms.

Downdetector, a website that tracks traffic-related issues on major websites saw a spike in the number of complaints from 7:25 pm UAE time.

In a statement to ARN News, a Facebook company spokesperson said: "We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

All three Facebook-owned apps also posted a similar message on Twitter.

Earlier, users of the three apps took to Twitter to complain about the outage, with memes popping up.

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