Facebook, including Messenger, and Instagram users across North America experienced outages for most of Wednesday, starting in the afternoon and ending late the same night. Third party outage sites suggested it affected users across the entire globe.
“We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering. we’re very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience.” facebook tweeted today.
It was an outage that didn’t just enrage individual users: Facebook likely felt the pressure from countless ad partners and businesses that relied on the network.
The media reported it was perhaps the longest interruption ever experienced by two of the largest social networks in the world. But nobody really knows what specifically caused the outage, beyond the tweet blaming the outage on a “server configuration change.”
Seems like Telegram had a good day on the Facebook outage day
Founder and CEO of the free encrypted messaging app Telegram announced that they got three million new sign-up on the day of Facebook’s outage.
To make matters worst for Facebook
Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.
A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters. Both companies had entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.