Social networks and programs have been crashing worldwide on October 4. According to Downdetector, the issues have been observed in the work of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Netflix, Steam, PlayStation Network, Twitter and others.
"Security experts tracking the situation said the outage could have been triggered by a configuration error, which could be the result of an internal mistake, though sabotage by an insider would be theoretically possible. An outside hack was viewed as less likely. A massive denial-of-service attack that could overwhelm one of the world's most popular sites, on the other hand, would require either coordination among powerful criminal groups or a very innovative technique", wrote Reuters.
Facebook claimed that the administration was aware of technical issues that millions of users encountered; it said to be working on solution to the problem.
"Outages are not uncommon for apps, but to have so many interconnected apps at the world’s largest social media company go down at the same time is rare. The company has been trying to integrate the underlying technical infrastructure of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for several years", writes New York Times.
Users of such services as Google Play, Minecraft, Amazon and Alexa report to have faced issues as well.
According to the New York Times reporter Ryan Mac, the internal tools and communication platforms of Facebook are currently down as well.