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Facebook suffers second global outage in two months

Social network goes offline for an hour
Mon Aug 04 2014, 09:58

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook suffered its second global outage in as many months on Friday, leaving users unable to access it for an hour. 

The service disruption saw Facebook users worldwide being greeted with the message, "sorry, something went wrong" when they visited the social network.

It's unclear exactly how long Facebook's global outage lasted, but the disruption occurred at around 5pm in the UK. The service appeared to be back up and running around an hour later at 6pm.

Facebook has yet to comment on the outage, but told users on Friday that it was "working on getting this fixed as soon as possible".

The site's Platform Status Page elaborated, "Facebook is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We'll update shortly."

It is still unclear what caused the outage, but we have contacted Facebook to request further information.

During the hour-long outage, Facebook users quickly switched their loyalties to Twitter, and #facebookdown quickly became a trending topic during the downtime.

One user said, "Attention world: #facebookdown. Please remain calm and do not attempt to interact with human beings," while another added, "The real reason why people freak out when Facebook is down is because the possibility of using Google+ becomes REAL. #facebookdown."

Facebook suffered a similar outage on 19 June, which saw users shut out of the social network for 20 minutes. Facebook has yet to offer an explanation for that outage either. µ


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