Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp crash an inside job?.

FACEBOOK, Instagram and WhatsApp crashed after a "bungled server update" and staff had to manually reset the system to get the sites back online, an expert has claimed.

Millions of users were left in the dark when the social media apps went down for seven hours - Facebook's worst global outage since 2008.

The social media firm claimed "faulty configuration change" on its routers was believed to be at the centre of the outage.

But one expert said "an internal staff error" took the site off the internet.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was forced to halt company stock, and is estimated to have lost $7billion in net worth in a matter of hours.

Estimates of Facebook's lost ad revenue range from $66million to $100million over the seven-hour outage, according to Snopes and Fortune.

Zuckerberg apologised for the global bungle, saying "sorry for the disruption today" in a Facebook post.

"I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about," the billionaire Harvard drop-out said.

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