Facebook's massive outage was the result of a server configuration change

Facebook's massive outage was the result of a server configuration change

Many Instagram profiles refused to load, Facebook users were faced with empty newsfeeds, and issues sending messages through Facebook's Messenger app, as did WhatsApp users.

Police in Bothell, Washington had to make a similar plea on their Twitter account. These issues arose just a short while after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to unite all of Facebook's services closer together in a more cohesive user experience.

Facebook says its lengthy outages over the past day were the result of a "server configuration change".

The social network said on Thursday that changes to a server configuration were to blame. "We are 100 percent back up and running and apologise for any inconvenience", a Facebook spokesperson said. Today, Facebook boasts 2.3 billion monthly users, The Verge reports, making the recent outage the worst yet for the company.

Thursday morning, outage-tracking website DownDetector.com showed a steep drop in reports of Facebook problems between Wednesday and Thursday morning. It also affected people on the West Coast, including in Portland.

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He also built Facebook's first human resources teams and oversaw the strategy for the apps that Facebook owns, Zuckerberg wrote. Numerous changes Zuckerberg outlined involve duplicating some of WhatsApp's features in Facebook's other messaging apps.

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

"Instagram is down, so I have no choice but to post this picture of Watson on a grassy hillside here instead", wrote another user, posting a picture of a pet dog. Dan Patterson, senior producer at CNET, told CBSN that cybersecurity experts were unable to shed light on the issue.

Facebook declined to add to the company statement on Twitter. The company has a large campus of data centers in Prineville.

The news comes with regulators, investigators and elected officials in the USA and elsewhere in the world digging into the data sharing practices of Facebook.

According to the report, a grand jury in NY has subpoenaed information from at least two major smartphone makers about such arrangements with Facebook.

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