A worldwide Facebook outage occurred on Monday that effected the company's stock as shares fell nearly 5%.

On Monday users around the globe one by one began discovering that Facebook was down along with other company apps like Instagram, Oculus, and Whatsapp.

Many were left in the dark as to what was going on with these apps until Monday evening when Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted an apology for the outage and stated that he was, "happy to report [Facebook's services] are coming back online now."

Later on services were restored with the company stating that its platforms was, "back up and running" after the massive global outage plunged its main site.

Reports later were released that their engineering teams discovered that the outage occurred due to, "configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt."

Facebook also issued the following statement regarding the outage:

"We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime."


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