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Facebook and Instagram are having technical issues as users reported problems with the social media sites Wednesday.

Frustrated users took to Twitter to say they were unable to access the websites and apps for a number of hours.

Facebook continues to work on the issue affecting its family of apps.

Facebook's main product, its Messenger service, image-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp have all been disrupted. They directed followers to Facebook's official statement - also delivered via Twitter - which described the issues as "required maintenance".

Some users apparently were able to access the platforms but could not send or receive messages or post new content.

As of March 13 at 8:00 p.m. EST Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are all Reporting Partial Outages.

Users are shifting over to Twitter (and calling the cops), to express their outrage over the outages.

Facebook has acknowledged the outage and has stated it is working to resolve the problem "as soon as possible".

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One said: "Messages are stuck on sending and after I refresh the other person's messages disappear".

According to the website downdetector.com, Facebook was having issues since 11.56am EDT.

The outage not only affected people in the USA but also Central and South America Europe and Australia, according to Down Detector.

"Account Temporarily Unavailable", was a message that some Facebook users from across the globe discovered on checking their pages.

"Yo Facebook & Instagram, you done with not working today?"

The Verge has reported that some users are unable to make purchases through the Oculus Store or log into multiplayer games purchased for the Oculus.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.