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

Gladys Abbott
March 15, 2019

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". Facebook said it was working to resolve the issue but didn't announce the fix until Thursday. Today, Facebook boasts 2.3 billion monthly users, The Verge reports, making the recent outage the worst yet for the company.

Facebook experienced a similar outage in 2008 when it had 150 million users.

Instagram users began reporting problems with the photo-sharing app shortly after Facebook seemed to go haywire.

The outage eclipses YouTube's top ranking from October 17, 2018, which generated about 2.7 million problem reports on Downdetector, followed by Snapchat on November 6, 2017, with 1.8 million reports.

Media reports earlier said millions of users were affected, and thousands took to Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday to complain under the hashtag #facebookdown.

Shares declined 1.8 percent in NY, and have jumped 32 percent this year through Wednesday's close.

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Facebook's shares fell almost 2 percent in morning trading on Thursday.

Facebook blamed a "server configuration change" Thursday for a massive outage affecting its applications around the world and brought fresh attention to the embattled social networking leader.

A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.

Facebook has maintained that it shared limited amounts of user data with smartphone makers and other outside partners to enable its services to work well on devices or with applications. "We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so". "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

Argentina-based designer Rebecca Brooker told the BBC that Facebook's outage severely affected her work. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience".

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