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". "We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering", Facebook wrote from its official Twitter account on Thursday.
The situation of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp seems to have returned to normal, so it is likely that many users have already returned to using the platforms they are more accustomed to, but maybe many others in the meantime have begun to appreciate Telegram.
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.
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Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp experienced similar issues.
While the outage continued, The New York Times reported that U.S. prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data with companies without letting them know.
The last time the social media network had an disruption this big was in 2008. when it had 150 million users, compared to its 2.3 billion monthly users today.
While Facebook said it has "resolved its issues", the update was sparse on details. Their outage map for Facebook showed a surge in reports in the Northeast from Washington, D.C. through NY, though a cursory search of the Twitter free-for-all on the topic indicates the reach is well beyond the greater metropolitan areas. The federal investigation is the latest bad news coming from the company's data privacy scandals.