large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Facebook claims responsibility for widespread outage

Facebook has held its hand up and claimed responsibility for this morning’s widespread outages, which also affected several related social network services.

This morning, Facebook and Instagram were taken offline for many users across the globe. The Hipchat and Tinder services, which rely on Facebook’s infrastructure to operate, were also affected.

Facebook has since moved to assure those worried about a potential security breach.

Worries arose after Lizard Squad appeared to take responsibility for the outages. The hacker group claims to have been behind the recent Xbox Live and PlayStation Network attacks, as well as taking down the Malaysia Airlines website.

A recent post on the group’s Twitter account reads “Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad”.

However, a Facebook spokesperson has told the BBC that the issue was caused by changes the company itself had attempted to implement.

Read More: Best tablet 2015

“This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” Facebook says.

“We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone.”

All services indeed appear to be back up and running, and it seems as if there will be no lasting effects to your accounts.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.