Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram return after worst outage ever

Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram return after worst outage ever

Eventually, Facebook did come back online, though problems persist (you can check the Facebook Developer updates for the latest on resolving the issue).

Also on Thursday, two Facebook senior executives said that they would leave the company - Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, and WhatsApp Vice President, Chris Daniels. Facebook was quiet on the outage at first, only stating that a DDOS attack did not cause the outage. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience". On Thursday, one of Facebook's underrecognised competitors, Telegram, said that it added three million new users in the last 24 hours.

Facebook has claimed that a server configuration change was the cause of a 14-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Wednesday. This however was almost 24 hours after the problems first appeared.

In a post on its Twitter page, Facebook blamed the outage on a server configuration change, but fell short of giving further details as to what that was all about. The outages lasted almost a full day, making it Facebook's longest downtime ever.

"Instagram was down for a few hours so here I am".

That said, it will be massive if the number can be sustained and become permanent given Telegram's impressive 200 million user base.

Facebook acknowledged the outage previously via a tweet Wednesday, saying, "We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone", Durov posted from his Telegram account.

The problems also sparked concern among advertisers, who could not access Facebook's Ad Manager platform and may have been paying for campaigns that users were unable to view.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.

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