Facebook says outages due to 'server configuration change'

Facebook Blames'Server Configuration Change for Massive Outage

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

Some of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp's more than 2 billion users were unable to access the online services from Wednesday until Thursday afternoon as the social network and its sister apps suffered a prolonged outage.

Police in Bothell, Washington had to make a similar plea on their Twitter account.

Facebook has recently provided an explanation regarding yesterday's super-obnoxious social media outage.

"We made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues", Facebook says in a story with USA Today.

On Wednesday, Facebook denied the outage was due to a cyber attack, though some have questioned if it wasn't an outage caused by a hacker.

Facebook's stock fell almost 3% in early morning trading on Thursday as Wall Street reacted to the outage. It didn't elaborate on the server change.

A partial Facebook outage affecting users around the world has stretched beyond 14 hours, but was showing some signs of ending early Thursday. "We are 100 percent back up and running and apologize for any inconvenience", a Facebook spokesperson said. This is an important draw for people concerned with their privacy online, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook, Inc.is reportedly now under criminal investigation for secret data sharing deals.

The outage came the same day that The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with 150 companies, including Sony, Netflix, Spotify and Amazon.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY. Facebook said it was working to resolve the issue but didn't announce the fix until Thursday.

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