Days after one of the longest outages in Facebook’s history, the company experienced another outage – a much shorter one.

Facebook and its apps, which include Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, started experiencing issues around 3 p.m. According to, ET Friday

About two hours later, the company said the outage had been fixed and all of its platforms should be operational.

“Sincere apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to access our products in the last couple of hours,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. We have fixed the problem and things should now be normal.

The outage arose from a configuration change, but was not related to Monday’s outage, the company said. The company stated that Facebook, Instagram Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Workplace were affected. 

The company stated that WhatsApp did not experience the outage.

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At the outset, the outage didn’t appear to be as widespread as Monday’s six-hour outage. USA TODAY reporters were able access their Facebook and Instagram accounts with no difficulty.

And at that time, the company said in a statement to USA TODAY, “We’re aware that some people and businesses are having trouble accessing Facebook products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Facebook blamed the earlier outage on a configuration error caused by an engineer doing routine maintenance.

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Contributing: Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY

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