Facebook says services resume after major outage worldwide

17 March, 2019, 09:25 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened?

Facebook had already denied it had fallen victim to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Facebook stated that the interruption was caused by a technical problem on its end, and said that the issue had been resolved and systems were coming back online. Facebook has pinned the error a "server configuration change", which is vague enough to avoid deeper probing, and subsequent troubleshooting from armchair experts. WhatsApp and Instagram were facing outages globally and was down.

Facebook's services including its main website, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp all suffered massive outages this week that left millions around the globe unable to connect. "We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone's patience".

I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours.

Facebook grappled Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world's largest social media platform.

Reflecting that shift, the chief executive said that although Facebook meant to keep Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp as separate apps it would work to provide interoperability for their messaging capabilities, and extend that interoperability to SMS messages.

While some users could not gain access to Instagram and Facebook, others reported that they couldn't send or receive messages and images over the platforms.

Earlier in the month, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the importance of private messaging and outlined his privacy focussed vision for social networking.

According to research firm eMarketer, Facebook controls around 22 per cent of the digital advertising market and it makes an estimated $90 million (£68 million) a day from advertisers. Bloomberg reports that the company said it was evaluating the overall impact of the issue on Wednesday and is still open to "the possibility of refunds for advertisers".



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