Telegram gains 3 million new users in 24 hours during Facebook outage

Telegram gains 3 million new users in 24 hours during Facebook outage

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".

Facebook's shares fell almost two per cent in morning trading on Thursday.

The outage, which plagued Facebook's flagship service as well as Facebook-owned properties Instagram and WhatsApp, lasted for almost 14 hours, according to CNN.

On Twitter, Facebook blamed the outage on a "server configuration change".

The social network said on Thursday that changes to a server configuration were to blame. Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering.

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience", Facebook said.

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Thursday morning, outage-tracking website DownDetector.com showed a steep drop in reports of Facebook problems between Wednesday and Thursday morning. This is an important draw for people concerned with their privacy online, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook, Inc.is reportedly now under criminal investigation for secret data sharing deals.

Facebook restored its services on Thursday after they went dark for many of its 2 billion users over a two-day period.

Separately, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that US federal prosecutors were conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with more than 150 technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc.

Yesterday, there were many reports of people being unable to access certain apps across the social media platforms. The federal investigation is the latest bad news coming from the company's data privacy scandals.

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business that despite some online rumors, the issue was not caused by a hack or an attack, adding that the company was focused on resolving the issue and hoped to eventually share details about what caused the problem.

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