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Facebook Experiences Largest Outage To Date

Social media giant, Facebook is dealing with the aftermath of its largest outage in the history of the company.  Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger have all been affected by the partial outage across North America and Europe, beginning March 13, 2019.

During this time, users could open the apps but could not access many of their functions. There were also reports of people being unable to sign in to Tinder or Spotify through Facebook either.

Facebook has not yet offered users an explanation for the disruption in services, however they did take to Twitter stating, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Facebook continued, “We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Facebook stated that the issue was resolved as of March 14, 2019 some fourteen hours after the outage started, citing a “server configuration change” as the cause.

In 2008, Facebook suffered an outage of similar magnitude, but at the time, only had 150 million users. Today Facebook boasts over 2.3 billion users today, although it is not confirmed just how many were affected by the outage.

Facebook made headlines in October 2018 when a security breach resulted in personal data being stolen from some 29 million Facebook users.