Facebook Messenger has suffered a major outage, leaving users unable to send or receive messages.

It is one of several Facebook apps to experience difficulties, with both the main Facebook app and Facebook-owned Instagram also going down.

It is not yet clear what caused the issue, though it is the latest in a series of significant outages for the social media giant.

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According to website monitor DownDetector, users all over the world are affected.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More to follow.

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