Facebook finally ends daylong outage, blames server change

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened?

The spike in sign-ups, which was about five times higher than the norm, was likely a result of Wednesday's world-wide outage affecting Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, which are all owned by Facebook, Inc.e was not related to a DDoS attack, but have not yet specified what actually went wrong. The platform experienced one of its greatest outage in history Wednesday when users on the east and west coast and the southeast, as well as Europe, reported issues with uploading photos or posts or the inability to log into the site at all.

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

Thousands of users took to Twitter over the past day to complain about the outage, causing the hashtag #facebookdown to trend. Facebook's ad platform, Facebook Ad Manager, was also down.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered a global outage. What happened?
Facebook Apologizes for Outages, Says It Has Resolved ‘Server Configuration’ Error That Led to Access Problems

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps". The company's flagship social network has more than 2.3 billion users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion.

"Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues". Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering. The largest outages for Instagram were reported in the greater NY area and around Los Angeles and Toronto, according to the Downdetector.com outage map. And if you haven't rushed to Twitter yet, we'll save you the trouble: yes, Facebook posting is down and Instagram is buggy.

Facebook first acknowledged the problems in a tweet Wednesday at 1:49 p.m. ET, then said in a follow-up message that it was able to confirm the outages were not caused by distributed denial-of-service attack, in which networks are overloaded with bogus traffic created to disrupt service.

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