Facebook goes offline due to unknown technical fault

September 24th, 2010 - 3:18 am ICT by BNO News  

Mark Zuckerberg SAN FRANCISCO (BNO NEWS) — The social networking website Facebook went down on early Thursday afternoon due to an unexplained technical fault.

The popular website went down completely at approximately 2.45 p.m. EDT. Nearly an hour later, some users were able to access the website again. For others, the problem continued.

“Sorry, an error has occurred,” a message on the website said. “We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.” Other users, however, received other error messages: “The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.”

Facebook’s “like” button, which is a widget used by websites around the world for their readers to promote articles and web pages, also vanished from websites. This caused other websites to slow down as well.

A spokeswoman for Facebook confirmed the problem, but provided no details on what caused it. “We’re currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users,” Meredith Chin said. “We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”

Facebook is the world’s largest social network with over 500 million users.

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