Facebook's massive outage was the result of a server configuration change

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened?

Facebook finally ends daylong outage, blames server change

"As people become more reliant on digital services like Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, we are witnessing an ever growing number for problems during outages", Sanders said.

We've asked Facebook how it intends to resolve its issues with angry advertisers, but did not receive an immediate reply.

Facebook takes tens of millions of dollars of advertising revenue every day.

After staying tight-lipped on the cause of the outage for almost 24 hours, Facebook early Thursday afternoon blamed it on a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues".

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The outage-tracking website Down Detector showed significantly fewer people having issues accessing Facebook and Instagram on Thursday as compared to Wednesday, when the outage began. The hashtag #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown were trending on Twitter for much of the day.

Facebook's shares fell almost two per cent in morning trading on Thursday. "We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone's patience".

While the outage continued, The New York Times reported that U.S. prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data with companies without letting them know.

A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers involved in the partnerships, anonymous sources told the newspaper.

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Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader.

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

Facebook claimed in June 2018 that it provided dozens of tech companies with special access to user data after publicly saying it restricted such access in 2015.

'We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so, ' the spokesman said. The interruption also affected gameplay for owners of Oculus VR headsets, a company that Facebook bought in 2014.

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