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. It didn't elaborate on the server change.
The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage.
Despite some early online rumors that the outages were the result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack - a type of hack in which attackers flood a company's network - Facebook said in another tweet that "the issue is not related to a DDoS attack". The company's flagship social network has more than 2.3 billion users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", Facebook tweeted around 2 p.m. ET. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience".
According to the website Downdetector, Facebook's outage spanned the globe, with reports of disruptions concentrated on the East Coast of the United States and in Britain.
According to the website Downdetector, Facebook's outage spanned the globe, with reports of disruptions concentrated on the U.S. East Coast and in the United Kingdom.
The BBC and a handful of other media outlets said it was the platform's longest ever outage. 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. Dan Patterson, senior producer at CNET, told CBSN that cybersecurity experts were unable to shed light on the issue. The company has a large campus of data centers in Prineville.