Update (6:26pm Pacific): Facebook says it has completed backend service repairs and everything should be back to normal. A company spokesperson provided the following statement:
Earlier this afternoon we experienced an issue with our serving infrastructure that prevented some people from accessing Facebook for a short time. We’ve resolved the underlying problem and service is recovering. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.
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Facebook has updated its Platform Status page to indicate that its currently experiencing “sitewide issues” with Facebook.com and its platform. The result is higher than normal error rates and latency for some of its users.
The site seems to be working fine on our end, but we’re hearing scattered reports that it’s down for others.
The company said it is investigating the problem, which began at 4:30pm Pacific, and hopes to resolve it as soon as possible. In the meantime, I guess you’ll have to spend your Friday night (in the US at least) hanging out with people in real life. That, or head over to Twitter. We’ll update this post as things get sorted out, but you can keep an eye on this page for the latest developments.
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