Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

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

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

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

Some of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp's more than 2 billion users were unable to access the online services from Wednesday until Thursday afternoon as the social network and its sister apps suffered a prolonged outage.

"Anddddd... we're back", Instagram tweeted along with a GIF image of Oprah Winfrey screaming in excitement.

The outage prompted exasperation from business owners and individuals who rely on Facebook's platforms to communicate, and inspired a flood of derision on Twitter, where some users migrated to stay connected. Facebook's ad platform, Facebook Ad Manager, was also down. The company's flagship social network has more than 2.3 billion users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion. Twitter even made the subject into a Twitter Moment.

Facebook's stock fell almost 3% in early morning trading on Thursday as Wall Street reacted to the outage.

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"Yesterday, a server configuration issue made it hard for people to access our apps and services".

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

Facebook says its lengthy outages over the past day were the result of a "server configuration change".

That second tweet was posted around 3 p.m. ET. This is an important draw for people concerned with their privacy online, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook, reportedly now under criminal investigation for secret data sharing deals.

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