Facebook outage ‘was self-inflicted’

Facebook said an outage that made its site inaccessible worldwide for about an hour early yesterday was self-inflicted.

Users of PCs and Facebook’s smartphone app reported they lost access in Asia, the US, Australia and Britain. Facebook-owned Instagram was also inaccessible. Facebook said the disruption was caused by a technical change and wasn’t a cyberattack.

“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.

Lizard Squad, a group notorious for attention-seeking antics online, claimed responsibility on Twitter for the outages.


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