Facebook Outage Caused by ‘Database Overload’ as Users Still Report Problems

Irving Hamilton
March 15, 2019

Facebook said Thursday it had fixed the technical issue that led to a widespread outage across its services for nearly 24 hours on Wednesday. "We are 100 percent back up and running and apologise for any inconvenience", a Facebook spokesperson said.

The New York Times recently reported that Facebook is putting a ton of resources into its own blockchain-fuelled payment system that could help it mitigate its reliance on advertising as its dominant source of revenue. The company said it was considering refunds for advertisers.

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.

The DownDetector website - one of the internet's most used sources of numbers on outages - showed the number of complaints had peaked at more than 12,000, gradually falling to about 180 in the early hours of Friday morning.

Thousands of users took to Twitter over the past day to complain about the outage, causing the hashtag #facebookdown to trend.

Feds Are Investigating Data Deals Facebook Struck With Several Big Tech Firms
A grand jury subpoenaed records from two smartphone developers, The New York Times reported Wednesday , citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

This is an important draw for people concerned with their privacy online, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook, Inc.is reportedly now under criminal investigation for secret data sharing deals.

Facebook's shares fell almost 2 percent in morning trading on Thursday. "I'm trying to communicate with my team in NY". "As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services".

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

Argentina-based designer Rebecca Brooker told the BBC that Facebook's outage severely affected her work.

Over the past year, the social network has announced a series of moves to tighten handling of data, including eliminating most of its data-sharing partnerships with outside companies.

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