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Facebook, Instagram face worldwide outage for half-an-hour

Social networking website Facebook and photo-sharing network Instagram encountered technical issues on Tuesday morning, which stopped millions of users across the world from accessing the websites for close to 30 minutes. While a few media reports claimed this was due to a cyber attack, in a statement Facebook said it happened because of some internal reasons.

“Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” the US-based social networking giant said in a statement. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone.”

All the services of Facebook and Instagram have been restored and are now running.

The incident happened just weeks after a technical glitch had caused most Indian users to get auto-logged out of micro-blogging website Twitter on their devices. Twitter, which has around 33 million active users in India, had said that the outage was caused to a “bug in our front end code”, which it later said had been patched.

Facebook has close to 109 million uses in India.

While users from most parts of the world have taken to social media against the outage, a Facebook India spokesperson said, the company is in the process of assessing how many geographies were impacted.

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