Wednesday’s outage of Facebook apps was due to a "server configuration change"

Facebook suffered a huge outage starting on Wednesday that affected users worldwide.

During the outage, which reportedly lasted about 14 hours for some, people could't log into the website, post links, post photos, or share anything.

As with previous disruptions, #FacebookDown quickly became a popular hashtag on rival platform Twitter.

Nearly a day after users began struggling to log in and post to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, the company has given an explanation: a technical error. Users in Asia were having problems on Thursday morning. Facebook notified users and by Thursday morning, the issue appeared to be largely resolved, as the official Instagram account on Twitter said, "Anddddd. we're back".

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.

The outage came days after senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced a bold plan Friday to break up tech giants Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

On Thursday, Facebook tweeted that the interruption of many Facebook and its family of apps and services was due to a server configuration change. "We're working on getting this fixed as fast as we can".

A grand jury in New York requested records from two device makers who had active partnerships with Facebook, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Argentina-based designer Rebecca Brooker told the BBC that Facebook's outage severely affected her work.

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

In addition to looking at the data deals, the probes focus on disclosures that the company shared the user data of 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm that worked with US President Donald Trump's campaign.

Vanessa Coleman

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