Facebook, Instagram outage blamed on ‘configuration change’

Facebook, Instagram outage blamed on ‘configuration change’

Cloud-based, privacy-focused messenger system Telegram added a whopping 3 million new users to its estimated 200 million user base in a single day after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down.

"As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services", Facebook said. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience".

Facebook grappled Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world's largest social media platform. The hashtag #FacebookDown was a popular theme on Twitter.

A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network. We've reached out to the social network to confirm it's still working to get its other platforms back online for all of its users and will update this post when we receive a reply. The company said it was considering refunds for advertisers.

The outage also affected Facebook Workplace and reportedly affected its ads management service.

Chief product officer Chris Cox announced his resignation, becoming the highest-ranking manager to depart amid the turmoil at the leading social network.

More news: USA warns Germany a Huawei deal could hurt intelligence sharing

Nearly a day after users began struggling to log in and post to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, the company has given an explanation: a technical error. Will Cathcart will be the new head of WhatsApp.

Shares of Facebook were down more than 1.5 percent Thursday afternoon.

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

The social network's handling of user data has been a flashpoint for controversy since it admitted previous year that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy which did work for Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, used an app that may have hijacked the private details of 87 million users.

"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.

Related Articles

  • Shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch

    Shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch

    Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, an official told AFP on Friday. Authorities said they were unable to confirm fatalities, but the scale of the bloodshed appeared to be vast.
    Sephora cuts ties with TV star's daughter after college cheating scam

    Sephora cuts ties with TV star's daughter after college cheating scam

    It is now unknown whether or not Olivia will be expelled from University of Southern California , where she is now enrolled. The parents paid Singer approximately $25 million to help get their children into college, The Associated Press reported.
    FAA issues emergency order to ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 9 planes

    FAA issues emergency order to ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 9 planes

    Six airlines, including Southwest and American Airlines , operate Boeing 737 Max aircraft out of Orlando International Airport. Both the Ethiopian Airlines crash and a Lion Air crash in Indonesia occurred last October just minutes after takeoff.
  • Alleged New York mob boss shot and killed on Staten Island

    Alleged New York mob boss shot and killed on Staten Island

    No arrests were immediately made and police were scouring for video and looking for witnesses to the shooting, police said. Two of the most notorious Gambino capos, John Gotti (left) and Paul Castellano (right), are seen above.
    Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse

    Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse

    George Pell has been sentenced to six years in prison , with a non-parole period of three years and eight months . He plans to appeal his conviction, but is expected to spend time behind bars until the appeals case is heard.
    Bernardeschi partners Ronaldo ahead of Dybala for Atletico

    Bernardeschi partners Ronaldo ahead of Dybala for Atletico

    The hat-trick lifts Ronaldo 22 goals clear of Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League goal-scoring charts with 124 in total. With the odds stacked against Juventus , Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved why he is one of the best players of all time .
  • Beto O'Rourke launches 2020 bid for president, Texas TV station confirms

    Beto O'Rourke launches 2020 bid for president, Texas TV station confirms

    According to the latest edition of Vanity Fair , Mr O'Rourke said: "You can probably tell that I want to run. Beto O'Rourke says he's running for president . "This city is the best example of this country at its best".
    Late winter 'bomb cyclone' set to strike Midwest

    Late winter 'bomb cyclone' set to strike Midwest

    The website reported that conditions are starting to deteriorate, including blizzard conditions, in the High Plains. Blizzard conditions could spread into the Northern Plains region by Thursday morning.
    Freeda Foreman, daughter of former boxer George Foreman, dies at 42

    Freeda Foreman, daughter of former boxer George Foreman, dies at 42

    Foreman posted a message Sunday night on Twitter , saying it was his first Sunday in 42 years without his daughter. Foreman's daughter leaves behind a husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, 11 siblings, and her parents.
  • Lonzo Ball Shut Down For Season After Limiting LeBron James

    Lonzo Ball Shut Down For Season After Limiting LeBron James

    James' comments echo the sentiment he expressed when discussing the possibility of being shut down for the rest of the season. You don't trade one of the greatest players of all time because of a tough start, and you definitely don't to be petty.
    Five talking points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

    Five talking points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

    After a series of unlucky races at the start of the 2018 season, Bottas finished the year with no wins to Hamilton's 11. Vettel is keen on having some fun.
    Full house star Lori Loughlin arrested for bribery

    Full house star Lori Loughlin arrested for bribery

    Meanwhile, Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The scam, which is now being referred to as "Operation Varsity Blues" had two parts.