Facebook declares that all its services are now operational, assigning the downtime to a "server configuration change"

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Facebook reports that all services are operational after a prolonged outage that has affected all the most popular applications in the business. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram all experienced a drop in activity around the same time around 11 am Eastern Time on March 13, which affected users worldwide. For some, the services were completely inaccessible. For others, some features such as stories or direct messaging have stopped working. It's a stark reminder that three of the world's most popular Internet services are owned and operated by one giant group.

It was not until more than 24 hours later that Facebook finally gave the green light, attributing the dead time to "server configuration change". "We have now solved the problems and our systems are being recovered. We are really sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience, "said the company via Twitter.

Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people have had difficulty accessing our applications and services. We have now solved the problems and our systems are being recovered. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience.

– Facebook Facebook) March 14, 2019

The interruption also assigned gameplay for owners of Oculus VR headsets, a company bought by Facebook in 2014. Some sites, such as Tinder or Spotify, using Facebook credentials could not authorize connections. Workplace, the Facebook connectivity platform for businesses, has also experienced problems.

In 2008, Facebook had been taken offline by a bug that had affected many of its 80 million users. This breakdown lasted about a day. Facebook now has about 2.3 billion monthly users, making the recent blackout the worst for the company and its family of apps and services.

During the crash, the Facebook Developer Dashboard reported a slight increase in the average error rate of the API. The company said that it was do not caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The November 20, 2018 blackout that affected Facebook and Instagram was caused by abug in our server, "The company said at the time.

Facebook being inaccessible to many, its properties have been left with no choice but to communicate the status of the failures on this other social network: Twitter. Proving again that Twitter is the place where people who write the news get their news.

Everything should work now. Enjoy the help of WhatsApp!

– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 14, 2019