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Facebook goes offline due to technical issues

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Wed Mar 07 2012, 14:34

SOCIAL ACTIVITY DATABASE OUTFIT Facebook has frustrated some of its users by closing down access on Wednesday morning.

Technical issues are to blame and the firm said it has sorted the problem and apologised to users, but it didn't provide any information on what caused the incident.

"Today we experienced technical difficulties causing the site to be unavailable for a number of users in Europe," a spokesperson said.

"The issue has been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologise for any inconvenience."

We asked Facebook for more information but the firm declined to comment. Twitter users expressed their surprise and disappointment at the outage, with hashtags such as #facebookdown and #fbdown trending in several locales.

The scale of the incident is likely to have meant that millions of users were left without access, since Europe is one of the core regions for the web site.

The incident is a rare blip for the social network as it heads towards its highly-anticipated initial public offering on the US stock market, which could see the firm valued as high as $100bn and the web site likely to hit one billion users by that date.

It's not the first time Facebook has suffered an outage, though, with an incident in September 2010 knocking the web site offline for over two hours, which the firm said at the time was the result of improper error handling. µ


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