Facebook struggles to deal with epic outage

Darnell Taylor
March 15, 2019

The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage, saying that the issue had been resolved and that its systems were recovering.

Instagram appears to be back up Thursday morning while its parent company, Facebook, goes into day two of issues with the social media platform.

Facebook declined to add to the company statement on Twitter. Facebook's outage spanned the globe, with reports of disruptions concentrated on the U.S. East Coast and in the United Kingdom. Bloomberg reports that the company said it was evaluating the overall impact of the issue on Wednesday and is still open to "the possibility of refunds for advertisers". Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp were also down for many, and users also reported that logging into other websites with their Facebook or Instagram accounts didn't work. The outage caused uproar on one of the only working social media sites, Twitter.

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

Facebook estimates that 2.7 billion people use its apps, with more than 2 billion users posting and messaging on its services every day.

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Over the past year, the social network has announced a series of moves to tighten handling of data, including eliminating most of its data-sharing partnerships with outside companies.

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

A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers involved in the partnerships, anonymous sources told the newspaper. "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

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

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience", Facebook said. Durov's announcement doesn't mean that three million people have abandoned Facebook, but don't underestimate the network effect if newcomers find they like Telegram and encourage their friends to join.

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