Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Facebook, Instagram down Wednesday: Facebook blames server configuration for longest-ever outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened? Facebook finally ends daylong outage, blames server change
Priscilla Morrison | 14 March, 2019, 23:56

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

Separately, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that USA federal prosecutors were conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with more than 150 technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc.

The situation of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp seems to have returned to normal, so it is likely that many users have already returned to using the platforms they are more accustomed to, but maybe many others in the meantime have begun to appreciate Telegram.

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Downdetector.com, a crowd-sourcing site that tracks internet outages, showed a concentration of Facebook outages in the northeast as of Thursday morning. Facebook product director Rob Leathern said on Twitter that people are also unable to access the social network's ad interfaces, which may exacerbate any lost revenue from the outage. "We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering", the company said in a tweet. 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 largest outages for Instagram were reported in the greater NY area and around Los Angeles and Toronto, according to the Downdetector.com outage map.

"We really don't know anything, and at this time, that's fascinating in and of itself", Patterson said. Amazon was reportedly allowed to see user contact information. The federal investigation is the latest bad news coming from the company's data privacy scandals.

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