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

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

Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader. But the company said Thursday that it has fixed the problem and that its systems are "recovering".

Facebook's shares fell almost 2 percent in morning trading on Thursday.

Additionally, many users could not post anything to Facebook or even got "error" messages. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience".

"Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services", the company said in a tweet. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The app is also funded primarily through user donations rather than targeted ad services as Facebook is.

Media reports earlier said millions of users were affected, and thousands took to Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday to complain under the hashtag #facebookdown.

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

Facebook is back at full speed a day after its biggest outage blackout ever.

While the outage continued, The New York Times reported that U.S. prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data with companies without letting them know.

The outages started around midday Wednesday, hitting users for more than 24 hours and surpassing the tech giant's last comparable outage in 2008.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY.

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