"We are still investigating the overall impact of this issue, including the possibility of refunds for advertisers".
Some users of Facebook and other platforms owned by the tech giant - including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp - reported intermittent problems accessing the services and posting content.
Their outage map for Facebook showed a surge in reports in the Northeast from Washington, D.C. through NY, though a cursory search of the Twitter free-for-all on the topic indicates the reach is well beyond the greater metropolitan areas. The outage prompted exasperation from business owners and individuals who rely on Facebook's platforms to communicate, and inspired a flood of derision on Twitter, where some users migrated to stay connected.
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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. As of Thursday morning, the only good news for Facebook is that plunging stock price appeared to have found a floor. "As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services", a Facebook spokesperson said Thursday.
A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers involved in the partnerships, anonymous sources told the newspaper.
"We're very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience", Facebook said.
A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically. The company's outage, as it turns out, ranks as the largest ever recorded by Downdetector, which makes a point of tracking such data.