People were calling the police because Instagram and Facebook were down

People were calling the police because Instagram and Facebook were down

"We're aware that some people are now having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps".

Downdetector.com, a crowd-sourcing site that tracks internet outages, showed a concentration of Facebook outages in the northeast as of Thursday morning. Facebook product director Rob Leathern said on Twitter that people are also unable to access the social network's ad interfaces, which may exacerbate any lost revenue from the outage. Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering. The hashtag #FacebookDown was a popular theme on Twitter.

Facebook's shares fell almost two per cent in morning trading on Thursday.

Separately, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that US federal prosecutors were conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with more than 150 technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc. Today, Facebook boasts 2.3 billion monthly users, The Verge reports, making the recent outage the worst yet for the company.

Facebook suggested there was nothing new in the New York Times report.

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The agreements let the companies see users' friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent.

A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically. "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone".

In its own statement on Thursday, reported by CNBC, Facebook blamed "a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues". "We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone's patience".

'We are still investigating the overall impact of this issue, including the possibility of refunds for advertisers, ' the spokesperson added. Durov's announcement doesn't mean that three million people have abandoned Facebook, but don't underestimate the network effect if newcomers find they like Telegram and encourage their friends to join.

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