Both Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp experienced problems with users around the world this morning. Facebook and Instagram were difficult to access. The news feed refused to refresh and the main Facebook.com domain could not be used for more than two hours. I could not send or receive any WhatsApp messages, and Facebook's main service users (Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp) decided to share that there was a problem with Twitter. Messenger, a Facebook chat service, also stopped for more than two hours.
The blackout appears to have started around 6:30 am this morning, around 6:30 am. Some areas were more affected than others. "In today's (19459005) The Verge a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement," Today some people may have had difficulty connecting to their application suite. "The problem has been resolved since then, and I apologize for the inconvenience," Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all began returning online at 9:00 ET this morning.
The problem with Facebook came a month after Facebook experienced the worst power outage. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram were inaccessible for several hours in the last month, and after 24 hours Facebook finally provided everything. Facebook blamed "server configuration changes" and apologized for the blackout.
April 14 9:45 AM EST : Articles updated with the latest Facebook statement and confirming that the service is back online