Facebook says outage caused by server change, now resolved

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Facebook's shares fell almost two per cent in morning trading on Thursday. And by 4pm, the shares dropped to 1.85 per cent.

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

The outage, of unknown origin, also affected Facebook-owned Instagram, as well as Messenger, although Instagram later said it was back up.

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

However, the social media platform did not elaborate on what kind of server configuration change they went through.

However, Facebook continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers after it said it discontinued the practice in May 2015.

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A grand jury in NY has subpoenaed information from at least two major smartphone makers about such arrangements with Facebook, according to the Times.

As of March 14, Facebook has not issued a statement as to the cause of the outage.

Of the products in the Facebook stable, the most direct competitor to Telegram is the private messaging service WhatsApp. "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone". Back in November a year ago, the social media platform also suffered from issues as well.

Since then, Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress and the European Parliament to answer questions about Facebook's handling of user data.

Yesterday, there were many reports of people being unable to access certain apps across the social media platforms.

The blackout lasted more than 12 hours for some people, with users in North America and Europe being the most affected.

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'We are still investigating the overall impact of this issue, including the possibility of refunds for advertisers, ' the spokesperson added.

According to research firm eMarketer, Facebook controls around 22 per cent of the digital advertising market and it makes an estimated $127 million a day from advertisers.

The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage.

The outages started midday on Wednesday. Users in Asia were having problems on Thursday morning.

Additionally, many users could not post anything to Facebook or even got "error" messages.

About 24 hours after users began reporting problems with Facebook, Instagram and other apps, Facebook announced Thursday - on Twitter - that it had resolved the issues and that its systems are "recovering". "We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone's patience".

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