Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp start to return online

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(FILES) this file photo taken on October 05, 2020 in Toulouse, southwestern France, shows logos of US social networks Facebook and Instagram on the screens of a tablet and a mobile phone. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Facebook along with its Instagram and WhatsApp services began returning online Monday after a massive and lengthy outage that added to the social network’s woes.

Facebook’s family of apps essentially “disappeared” from the internet for several hours after a traffic routing problem that made the sites unreachable by users, according to Cloudflare, a website security company.

Tracker Downdetector said it had received 10.6 million reports of problems ranging from the United States and Europe to Colombia and Singapore, with trouble first popping up around 1545 GMT.

“Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now,” Mike Schroepfer, the company’s chief technology officer tweeted.

“We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible,” he said, echoing similar statements by Instagram and WhatsApp.