Facebook blames outage on ‘server configuration’

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Facebook and Instagram were down for hours for some users on Tuesday, including in the US, a little more than a week after the world’s largest social network said a “routine test” caused the site to go offline.This time, the tech firm said that “a server configuration caused intermittent problems across all apps globally.”

“We are back to 100% for everyone and we’re sorry for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement shortly before 4 p.m. PT.

The outage adds to a list of troubles that have plagued the company this year. Last week, The New York Times published a lengthy front-page report that shined a harsh spotlight onĀ how Facebook executives dealt with a number of scandals, including careless data handling by the company and election meddling by Russian trolls.

Downdetector.com, which tracks outages, shows that users reported issues with Facebook around 4:41 a.m. PT. The outage mainly hit the East Coast of the US, along with parts of South America, Europe and Asia. Ahead of Black Friday, businesses were also reporting that they couldn’t place ads on the social network because of the outage.

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