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Facebook is blaming last night’s outage on its own technicians

LOS ANGELES — Facebook went offline across much of the world for 45 minutes late Monday (Tuesday in European and Asian time zones). Some users also found it difficult to access photo-sharing app Instagram. Normal service has now resumed.

Facebook blamed its own technicians for the problem, while others pointed to hacking group Lizard Squad.

“Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.

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

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

Lizard Squad, which is thought to have been responsible for attacks in December on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live, had tweeted about Facebook going offline, which led some to believe they had caused the outage.

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