Days after one of the longest outages in Facebook’s history, the company experienced another outage – a much shorter one.
Facebook and its apps, which include Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, started experiencing issues around 3 p.m. ET Friday, according to Downdetector.com.
About two hours later, the company said the outage had been fixed and all of its platforms should be operational.
“Sincere apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to access our products in the last couple of hours,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We fixed the issue, and everything should be back to normal now.”
The outage arose from a configuration change, but was not related to Monday’s outage, the company said. Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Facebook Workplace were impacted, the company said.
WhatsApp was not part of the outage, the company said.
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At the outset, the outage didn’t appear to be as widespread as Monday’s six-hour outage. USA TODAY reporters had no problems accessing their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts.
And at that time, the company said in a statement to USA TODAY, “We’re aware that some people and businesses are having trouble accessing Facebook products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Facebook blamed the earlier outage on a configuration error caused by an engineer doing routine maintenance.
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Contributing: Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY