FB blames internal glitch for outage

SEOUL: Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour on Tuesday was self-inflicted. Users of PCs and Facebook’s mobile app reported they lost access in Asia, the US, Australia and in the UK Facebook-owned Instagram was also inaccessible. The disruption was caused by a technical change, not a cyberattack, Facebook said.

“This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” its statement said. This loss of service may be Facebook’s biggest outage since September 24, 2010, when it was down for about 2.5 hours. On its website for developers, the firm said the “major outage” lasted an hour. The outage occurred at midday in Asia, and after Facebook was restored, some users reported that the site was loading slowly or not functioning fully.Lizard Squad, a group notorious for attention-seeking antics online, claimed responsibility on Twitter for the outages.

Facebook has 1.35 billion active users and Instagram has some 300 million. The outage came a day ahead of Facebook reporting its quarterly earnings.