Facebook says outages due to 'server configuration change'

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Facebook Instagram Whats App All Crash Simultaneously Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS AFP14 Mar 2019

Some of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp's more than 2 billion users were unable to access the online services Wednesday as the social network and its sister apps suffered a prolonged outage.

Unlike Facebook which bases its income on ad revenue, Telegram is funded by user donations, and includes features like encrypted end-to-end messaging.

"Yesterday, a server configuration issue made it hard for people to access our apps and services". In any case, a contact within Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch's colleagues what was already quite obvious: the merit of this sudden growth is the aforementioned problems ("These outages always drive new users"), but is partly attributed to the will of a growing number of users to distance themselves from Facebook.

As of Thursday, downdetector.com showed 37 percent of problems Thursday morning related to log-in; 32 percent with loading the newsfeed; and 30 percent a total blackout.

After staying tight-lipped on the cause of the outage for almost 24 hours, Facebook early Thursday afternoon blamed it on a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues".

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"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience", Facebook said. The company's flagship social network has more than 2.3 billion users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion.

That second tweet was posted around 3 p.m. ET.

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.

This is clearly not a coincidence even if Durov did not explicitly refer to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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