Facebook, Instagram down Wednesday: Facebook blames server configuration for longest-ever outage

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A spokesperson added, "As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services".

According to DownDetector.com as of March 14, there were still "problems at Facebook".

No cause has been given but Facebook said it wasn't a distributed denial of service or cyberattack.

Instagram users began reporting problems with the photo-sharing app shortly after Facebook seemed to go haywire.

Facebook experienced a similar outage in 2008 when it had 150 million users. The hashtag #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown were trending on Twitter for much of the day.

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. Facebook's ad platform, Facebook Ad Manager, was also down.

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Facebook's shares fell almost two per cent in morning trading on Thursday.

Facebook claimed in June 2018 that it provided dozens of tech companies with special access to user data after publicly saying it restricted such access in 2015.

Facebook suggested there was nothing new in the New York Times report. "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.

The social network said on Thursday that changes to a server configuration were to blame. Facebook's desktop platforms and apps were affected in parts of the US, including the East and West Coast, as well as parts of Europe and elsewhere. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience".

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".