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

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

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

'Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many people had trouble accessing our apps and services, ' the tweet read. The hashtag #FacebookDown was a popular theme on Twitter.

In Washington, campaigners who have long called for the break-up of Facebook said the outage showed how the concentration of ownership of tech platforms is "dangerous" for consumers. "We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible", Facebook tweeted around 2 p.m. ET.

"Facebook for personal use is fine - but what happens when we rely on large companies such as this to provide business services?" she said. Bloomberg reports that the company said it was evaluating the overall impact of the issue on Wednesday and is still open to "the possibility of refunds for advertisers".

Shares declined 1.8 percent in NY, and have jumped 32 percent this year through Wednesday's close. Amazon was reportedly allowed to see user contact information.

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 federal investigation is the latest bad news coming from the company's data privacy scandals.

In addition to looking at the data deals, the probes focus on disclosures that the company shared the user data of 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm that worked with US President Donald Trump's campaign.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry. "We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so".

In 2008, Facebook was knocked offline by a bug that affected many of its 80 million users.

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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