Facebook, Instagram accounts working after historic outage

Jermaine Castillo
March 15, 2019

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 suggested there was nothing new in the New York Times report.

"As we've said before, we are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously".

The situation of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp seems to have returned to normal, so it is likely that many users have already returned to using the platforms they are more accustomed to, but maybe many others in the meantime have begun to appreciate Telegram.

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. "We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so".

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Telegram has gained as many as 3 million new members in the last 24 hours and for this sudden growth it has to thank Facebook.

However, the latest Facebook service outage shows the issues that arise when attempting to consolidate a number of online services and apps together.

"Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues". The interruption also affected gameplay for owners of Oculus VR headsets, a company that Facebook bought in 2014.

'We are still investigating the overall impact of this issue, including the possibility of refunds for advertisers, ' the spokesperson added.

Facebook takes tens of millions of dollars of advertising revenue every day.

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Earlier this morning, Pavel Durov, the eccentric founder of Telegram posted a message to his account celebrating the flood of new users, taking the opportunity to say his service has "true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

In 2008, Facebook was knocked offline by a bug that affected many of its 80 million users. It didn't elaborate on the server change.

"Yesterday, a server configuration issue made it hard for people to access our apps and services".

On Twitter, Facebook said early in the outage that it is "focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack".

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