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Facebook apologizes after second outage hits service in one week

MENLO PARK – US-based social networking giant Facebook has apologized for the second global outage of its services saying it occurred due to a faulty configuration change.

The company’s other services including Instagram and WhatsApp also experienced outages for around two hours on Friday. Social media users started facing issues with Facebook-owned platforms around 2 pm. EST.

A statement issued by Facebook cited “Sincere apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to access our products in the last couple of hours, we fixed the issue, and everything should be back to normal now.”

Meanwhile, netizens were quick enough to share memes and jokes about the second service disruption on Twitter.

Earlier on Monday, Facebook-owned services blamed a ‘faulty configuration change’ for a nearly six-hour global outage that prevented users from accessing WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.

The outage on Monday was the largest that web monitoring group Downdetector had ever seen and blocked access to the apps for billions of users, leading to a surge in usage of rival social media and messaging apps.

The recent outage also raised a number of questions as many other countries mull options to develop their own social media networks, while the EU antitrust chief highlighted the repercussions of relying on just a few big players, underscoring the need for more options.

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