Facebook and Instagram’s services went down briefly this morning, but both deny that these outages were the result of hacking.
Many users took to Twitter to express their annoyance. Forty-minute outages were reported in the US and Asia from around 6am GMT.
A hacking group claimed responsibility for the services going down. A group calling themselves Lizard Squad tweeted "Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad". The group attacked the website of Malaysia Airlines yesterday, taking it offline for around seven hours. Recently, the group claimed headlines after taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live over Christmas.
However, Facebook and Instagram were quick to deny that this was the case. They blamed the outage on "a change that affected our configuration systems".
The 40-minute downtime is the longest that Facebook has been down since September, 2010. In 2010, the outage lasted more than two hours.
Facebook had 1.25 billion monthly active users at the end of September and 864 million daily active users on average. Looks like there could have been a lot of carefully crafted posts that had to be put off for a while.