However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages.
Facebook's instant messaging service WhatsApp also reported to have stopped sending or receiving messages. On Sunday, Downdetector.com showed that there were in excess of 12,000 episodes of individuals announcing issues with Facebook at its pinnacle. A Facebook representative told the media that prior today, a few people may have experienced difficulty interfacing with the group of applications. As the New York Times noted, even the platform's bug reporting system became inaccessible, a black eye for a company that (at least in theory) is never supposed to go down. Though it remained unclear how many regions in the world were experiencing issues with Facebook-owned apps, #FacebookDown was trending on Twitter. This affected Instagram and WhatsApp services, along with the Facebook Chat. "The issue has since been resolved; we're sorry for any inconvenience", the apology email read.
Although Facebook.com had declined to comment on the latest incident, real-time map of Downdetector.com had shown that the problems had mostly hit the users of Europe and Asia. In that instance, Facebook said a server configuration change had resulted in the outage; there's no word on what is happening this time around and no way to guess how long the issue may persist.