Facebook restores services after global outage

Lloyd Doyle
March 14, 2019

The outages affected countless users and advertisers worldwide.

The spike in sign-ups, which was about five times higher than the norm, was likely a result of Wednesday's world-wide outage affecting Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, which are all owned by Facebook, Inc.e was not related to a DDoS attack, but have not yet specified what actually went wrong. The outage prompted exasperation from business owners and individuals who rely on Facebook's platforms to communicate, and inspired a flood of derision on Twitter, where some users migrated to stay connected.

"Yesterday, a server configuration issue made it hard for people to access our apps and services". Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering.

The Menlo Park, California-based company, which gets a vast majority of its revenue from advertising, told Bloomberg that it was still investigating the overall impact "including the possibility of refunds for advertisers".

Thousands of users took to Twitter over the past day to complain about the outage, causing the hashtag #facebookdown to trend. Reuters was not immediately able to verify those claims and the company declined to comment beyond the statement on resumption of services. By Thursday morning, though, services seemed to be coming back online. The company has a large campus of data centers in Prineville.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY.

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