Facebook recovering from global outage

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

The largest outages for Instagram were reported in the greater NY area and around Los Angeles and Toronto, according to the Downdetector.com outage map.

Users flocked to Twitter to let the company know what they thought about the outage. The cause for Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus's long (and probably costly) goof? The social network has since addressed the issue and pinpointed the cause of it.

"As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services", Facebook said.

Of the products in the Facebook stable, the most direct competitor to Telegram is the private messaging service WhatsApp.

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.

Yesterday, there were many reports of people being unable to access certain apps across the social media platforms.




Thursday morning, outage-tracking website DownDetector.com showed a steep drop in reports of Facebook problems between Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Some media outlets branded the outage as the biggest in Facebook's history. "We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering", the company said in a tweet.

Facebook has maintained that it shared limited amounts of user data with smartphone makers and other outside partners to enable its services to work well on devices or with applications.

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience", Facebook said.

The Menlo Park, California-based company, which gets a vast majority of its revenue from advertising, told Bloomberg that it was still investigating the overall impact "including the possibility of refunds for advertisers".

Many Instagram profiles refused to load, Facebook users were faced with empty newsfeeds, and issues sending messages through Facebook's Messenger app, as did WhatsApp users.

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