Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook all appear to be experiencing issues on Monday afternoon as users report problems with loading. 

Tracking website Downdetector recorded a sharp spike in users reporting that they were having problems using all three apps shortly after 4pm on Monday. 

HeraldScotland:

On all three platforms, the main issues being recorded are with refreshing and loading the sites. 

A message is appearing on some people's Instagram saying "Couldn't refresh feed". 

HeraldScotland:

Meanwhile, one Downdetector user posted that "Facebook and WhatsApp all down" while another said "I can't even access the facebook website".

Whatsapp messages do not seem to be sending. 

People have taken to Twitter to report the problem, with one user tweeting: "Facebook and Instagram servers are down!!, website can’t be reach @Facebook @instagram #Facebook #instagram".

Downdetector users across the UK are reporting problems, but it seems that the issues reach worldwide. 

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg owns all three apps. 

Andy Stone, a spokesperson for the company 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."

Whatsapp also acknowledged the issues, tweeting: "We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience!"

Instagram Comms added: "Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we’re on it! #instagramdown"