Facebook blamed a massive outage that stretched into Thursday morning on a server configuration change.

The world’s largest social network said it has resolved the issue, which affected millions of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users starting Wednesday. 

“We made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues. As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services,” the social media giant said in a statement. “Our systems have been recovering over the last few hours.”

Image of a Facebook logo taken on a mobile phone. (Photo: Loic Venance, AFP/Getty Images)

Internet companies experience occasional outages, but this one was remarkable for its global spread and duration, lasting nearly 24 hours. The outage intermittently interrupted service on all of Facebook’s apps, making it

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