Amid Facebook and Instagram outage Telegram gains 3 million new users

Facebook claims server configuration change caused 14-hour outage to Facebook Instagram and WhatsApp

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone's patience".

Facebook Inc., (Facebook), the world-renowned social networking giant, has reportedly been bogged down by a severe outage that rendered social media users across the world incapable of accessing their respective accounts.

According to research firm eMarketer, Facebook controls around 22 per cent of the digital advertising market and it makes an estimated $90 million (£68 million) a day from advertisers.

Facebook's global outage that affected access to its services was the biggest since the company came into existence. WhatsApp and Instagram were facing outages globally and was down.

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

Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, all experienced significant outages worldwide, which prompted users to switch to Telegram, known for its encrypted messaging service.

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Northbridge Industrial Services plc (LON: NBI) hires and sells specialist industrial equipment to a non-cyclical customer base and has grown organically and by the acquisition of companies in the United Kingdom and overseas and through investing in those companies to make them more successful.

"Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible".

Initial reports of the incident being a DDOS attack were incorrect, which should also give some comfort to businesses who are reliant on the platform to operate - if Facebook could be brought down by outside interests, that would be a major issue of note.

While Facebook shares were relatively unchanged Wednesday afternoon, it took a 1.8 percent decline Thursday morning.

According to a report by The Sun, several thousand people complained about the problems faced by the smartphone apps on Down Detector, a website that records outages.

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