Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp All Crash Simultaneously

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Cloud-based, privacy-focused messenger system Telegram added a whopping 3 million new users to its estimated 200 million user base in a single day after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down.

Facebook's shares fell almost 2 percent in morning trading on Thursday.

Facebook has restored service to its main app and Instagram, after the world's largest social network suffered their biggest ever outage that frustrated users across the globe for close to 24 hours. It didn't elaborate on the server change. But the company said Thursday that it has fixed the problem and that its systems are "recovering". "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience". This is an important draw for people concerned with their privacy online, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook, Inc.is reportedly now under criminal investigation for secret data sharing deals.

Yesterday, there were many reports of people being unable to access certain apps across the social media platforms.

No cause has been given but Facebook said it wasn't a distributed denial of service or cyberattack.

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"Have you tried turning it off and back on again?" replied one user after Facebook tweeted an update.

While the outage continued, The New York Times reported that United States prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into the social network's practice of sharing users' data with companies without letting them know.

The company also said it was considering whether to refund advertisers for lost exposure due to the problems, which internet outage trackers showed affected users in Europe, Japan, North and South America.

The news comes with regulators, investigators and elected officials in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world digging into the data sharing practices of Facebook.

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