Facebook is "very sorry" for what appeared to be the longest-ever rolling outage of its service: The social media giant apologized for a technical error that left many users globally unable to access apps for Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp starting Wednesday and stretching into Thursday.
The company blamed a change it had made to its system for the outage.More news: Pi dream: Googler sets record for most digits calculated
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. Facebook said it was working to resolve the issue but didn't announce the fix until Thursday.
Facebook makes tens of millions of dollars in advertising revenue every day. But the company said Thursday that it has fixed the problem and that its systems are "recovering". Reuters was not immediately able to verify those claims and the company declined to comment beyond the statement on resumption of services.More news: Dolphins wrap up free-agent visit with Teddy Bridgewater
According to the website Downdetector, Facebook's outage spanned the globe, with reports of disruptions concentrated on the U.S. East Coast and in the United Kingdom.
Facebook's stock fell almost 3% in early morning trading on Thursday as Wall Street reacted to the outage. 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.More news: Marvel working on a "What If" Animated anthology series for Disney Plus
A spokesperson for the social network said the company was co-operating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.