Facebook says it’s resolved outage issues and denies attack

US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data

US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data

Facebook Inc. said a change in the way it configured computer servers caused a widespread outage of the social-media network and its other services that stretched over two days.

We've asked Facebook how it intends to resolve its issues with angry advertisers, but did not receive an immediate reply.

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. Facebook said the issue had been resolved and that it's systems were recovering.

Earlier on Thursday, the outage-tracking service DownDetector showed significantly fewer people having issues accessing Facebook and Instagram compared to Wednesday, when the outage began. The hashtag #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown were trending on Twitter for much of the day. As of Thursday morning, the only good news for Facebook is that plunging stock price appeared to have found a floor.

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.

Shares of Facebook were down more than 1.5 percent Thursday afternoon.

NSW man uses mobile phone to block arrow attack
Police say the victim was taking a photo of the man, who is known to him, when he fired the ranged weapon, hitting the phone. The reports further suggest that the arrow struck the iPhone, with the arrowhead partly passing through the device.

A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers involved in the partnerships, anonymous sources told the newspaper.

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

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY. The interruption also affected gameplay for owners of Oculus VR headsets, a company that Facebook bought in 2014.

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

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

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