Facebook says outages due to 'server configuration change'

Roman Schwartz
March 15, 2019

Facebook is "very sorry" for what appeared to be the longest-ever rolling outage of its service: The social media giant apologized for a technical error that left many users globally unable to access apps for Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp starting Wednesday and stretching into Thursday.

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

Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader.

Facebook took to its Twitter account Wednesday to assure users that the outage wasn't due to a "distributed denial of service" attack, or DDoS, meaning the disturbance wasn't the result of hacker attacks.

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However, the social media platform did not elaborate on what kind of server configuration change they went through. "We are 100 percent back up and running and apologise for any inconvenience", a Facebook spokesperson said. Now, it has 2.3 billion.

Facebook has maintained that it shared limited amounts of user data with smartphone makers and other outside partners to enable its services to work well on devices or with applications. 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.

"We really don't know anything, and at this time, that's fascinating in and of itself", Patterson said.

The news comes with regulators, investigators and elected officials in the United States and elsewhere in the world digging into the data sharing practices of Facebook. And Spotify and Netflix reportedly were allowed to see user private message information.

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