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Facebook blames long outage on 'server configuration change'

14 March 2019

On Wednesday, Facebook dispelled speculation that the outage was caused by a denial-of-service attack (DDoS), a type of cyberattack that disrupts an online service by flooding it with requests.

On Twitter, Facebook blamed the outage on a "server configuration change". "We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering", the company said in a tweet.

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In addition to Facebook, irate users noted that the outage likewise affected Instagram and WhatsApp. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There were still sporadic problems Thursday morning. Their outage map for Facebook showed a surge in reports in the Northeast from Washington, D.C. through NY, though a cursory search of the Twitter free-for-all on the topic indicates the reach is well beyond the greater metropolitan areas.

A spokesperson for the social network said the company was co-operating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.

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According to the website Downdetector, Facebook's outage spanned the globe, with reports of disruptions concentrated on the U.S. East Coast and in the United Kingdom.

Facebook and Instagram has been coming back online for most users on March 14, but it appears it's not completely out of the woods yet. It also affected people on the West Coast, including in Portland.

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Shares of Facebook were down more than 1.5 percent Thursday afternoon.

Facebook blames long outage on 'server configuration change'