Facebook Suffered Its Worst Outage Yet, Negatively Impacting Millions

Facebook Suffered Its Worst Outage Yet, Negatively Impacting Millions

Facebook Suffered Its Worst Outage Yet, Negatively Impacting Millions

A tweet from Facebook´s Instagram account said early Thursday, "Anddddd. we´re back", without offering details.

Many have questioned in recent times whether the world might be better off without social media, and this week, we got a taste of what that might be like, with Facebook and its properties (Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram) all going down, in varying capacity, for nearly an entire day.

"Yesterday [Wednesday], a server configuration issue made it hard for people to access our apps and services".

"I have never seen Facebook down this long", one user lamented.

The outage, which also affected Instagram, was not the first of its kind, but could as well be regarded as the biggest in the history of Facebook.

The explanation rebuffs speculation that the problems were caused by a cyber attack or a so-called route leak, an error in internet routing that can lead to large outages. Last year, Telegram stated that it had crossed the 200 million monthly active users mark despite restrictions in markets such as Russia, China, and Iran.

The California firm which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on Twitter they could not access Facebook or had limited functionality.

Well, the company pointed to a change it had made to its system for the outage. In a lengthy post, Zuckerberg said he increasingly expected people to shift away from "open platform" services towards more intimate private messaging apps. Regions affected include the NY area, parts of California and the Seattle region, according to Downdetector.

A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.

"As we've said before, we are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously".

The social network has announced a series of moves to tighten handling of data, including eliminating most of its data-sharing partnerships with outside companies.

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