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Facebook global outage is caused by faulty configuration changes


Facebook announced on early Tuesday that the global outage was caused by “faulty” configuration changes on the backbone routers and that there was no evidence that user data was compromised.

“Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication,” Santosh Janardhan, the company’s vice president of infrastructure, said in a blog post.

“We apologize to all those affected, and we’re working to understand more about what happened today so we can continue to make our infrastructure more resilient,” Janardhan added.

On Monday, Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp services all went down in a global outage for almost six hours.

Facebook saw its stock price plummet more than 5 percent after its services have all gone down globally for hours.

Facebook’s stock price was trading at USD325 per share at 3.55 p.m. EDT shortly before the closing bell on the Nasdaq — down 5.25 percent from the previous close of USD343.01 a share on Friday, according to official figures.

The company’s market value lost around USD50.7 billion, standing at USD915.1 billion at the time, down from USD965.8 billion on Friday.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw his net worth decline USD6.1 billion, or 5 percent, to USD116.5 billion on Monday, according to Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List where he stands at 6th place.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp saw outages earlier worldwide according to the DownDetector website that tracks internet service outages.

Nearly 124,000 outages have been reported on Facebook, almost 97,000 on Instagram, and more than 33,000 on WhatsApp, according to the latest data on DownDetector.


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