Is it safe? — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp return after 2.5-hour outage

People around the world reported being unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than two hours Sunday morning.

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for users around the world

According to traffic-monitoring website DownDetector, the outage was first noticed at 6:28 a.m. EDT. Users hurled to other social media platforms to report issues accessing the services moments later, as reports of outages filtered in from parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The services appeared to return to normal for some users around 9 a.m. EDT.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the outage from Facebook, which owns all three services.

Once again, Facebook blamed a server configuration issue for an outage that affected significant parts of North America and Europe last month. This is the second time this year alone that users have been running into the same problem, which begs the question: ‘Are the social networks really safe and is user private data being abused each time?’

Facebook claims to have more than 1.5 billion daily active users and more than 2.3 billion monthly active users. How safe are the servers and is there more to these ‘outages’ then Facebook is willing to admit?