Facebook says it’s resolved outage issues and denies attack

The full gamut of human emotion was cycled through during the eight-hour outage

The full gamut of human emotion was cycled through during the eight-hour outage

After staying tight-lipped on the cause of the outage for almost 24 hours, Facebook early Thursday afternoon blamed it on a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues".

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had restored service to its main app and Instagram, after the world's largest social network suffered a major outage that frustrated users across the globe for about 24 hours.

Facebook's stock fell almost 3% in early morning trading on Thursday as Wall Street reacted to the outage. Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering. Facebook said it was working to resolve the issue but didn't announce the fix until Thursday.

"Have you tried turning it off and back on again?" replied one user after Facebook tweeted an update.

People used the tags to post memes about the outage, speculate about its cause and trade tips for how to survive without the company's apps.

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The outage came the same day that The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with 150 companies, including Sony, Netflix, Spotify and Amazon.

Yesterday was full of problems and inconveniences for users of the Facebook social platforms (also Messenger) and Instagram and last night WhatsApp closed the loop.

The company also said it was considering whether to refund advertisers for lost exposure due to the problems, which internet outage trackers showed affected users in Europe, Japan, North and South America.

The prolonged disruption could have financial consequences for the company.

Shares of Facebook were down more than 1.5 percent Thursday morning.

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