Facebook finally ends daylong outage, blames server change

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

The outage, which plagued Facebook's flagship service as well as Facebook-owned properties Instagram and WhatsApp, lasted for almost 14 hours, according to CNN.

Facebook experienced a similar outage in 2008 when it had 150 million users.

"Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services".

The social network said on Thursday that changes to a server configuration were to blame. But the company said Thursday that it has fixed the problem and that its systems are "recovering".

The outages started midday EDT Wednesday.

Users flocked to Twitter to let the company know what they thought about the outage.

Thousands of users took to Twitter over the past day to complain about the outage, causing the hashtag #facebookdown to trend. 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.

"Instagram is down, so I have no choice but to post this picture of Watson on a grassy hillside here instead", wrote another user, posting a picture of a pet dog.

No cause has been given but Facebook said it wasn't a distributed denial of service or cyberattack. The company has a large campus of data centers in Prineville.

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.

According to the report, a grand jury in NY has subpoenaed information from at least two major smartphone makers about such arrangements with Facebook. And Spotify and Netflix reportedly were allowed to see user private message information.

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