Facebook's massive outage was the result of a server configuration change

Facebook was warned of alleged Russian meddling back in 2014

In addition to Facebook, irate users noted that the outage likewise affected Instagram and WhatsApp. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience". "We've now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering", the company said in a tweet.

Facebook said Thursday it had fixed the technical issue that led to a widespread outage across its services for nearly 24 hours on Wednesday. Reuters was not immediately able to verify those claims and the company declined to comment beyond the statement on resumption of services. At 12:41AM ET Thursday morning, Instagram confirmed it was back online via Twitter. The largest outages for Instagram were reported in the greater NY area and around Los Angeles and Toronto, according to the Downdetector.com outage map.

Instagram users began reporting problems with the photo-sharing app shortly after Facebook seemed to go haywire.

Facebook acknowledged the issues, and assured users that they were not caused by a malicious DDoS, in a post on Twitter - the only social network which appeared to survive the crash, as it's not part of Facebook's "family of apps". It also affected people on the West Coast, including in Portland.

The prolonged disruption could have financial consequences for the company.

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business that despite some online rumors, the issue was not caused by a hack or an attack, adding that the company was focused on resolving the issue and hoped to eventually share details about what caused the problem.

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