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Facebook goes down for over 30 minutes and the world panics

Katharine Byrne
19 Jun 2014
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Network suffers longest global outage in four years

Facebook was down for just over 30 minutes this morning, becoming inaccessible for many of its 1.3 billion users across the globe. Anyone trying to log on to the site or use Facebook's mobile app was greeted with the following error message: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

For UK users, the site went down around 8.53am BST according to The Guardian and resumed service at 9.24am BST. This is the first time the site has suffered such an extended period of downtime in four years. The last time Facebook broke like this was in 2010 when the site was inaccessible for two and a half hours. This was caused by a server error that corrupted Facebook's automated configuration system, forcing the social network to shut down its entire site before it could fix the problem. It's currently unknown what caused the outage this morning, but users quickly migrated to other social networks to complain about the problem. Other countries affected by the outage included the US and several parts of Asia, but Facebook is now back up and running at normal capacity.

"Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time," Facebook said in a statement. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

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