Facebook restores service after outage in many countries

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Aug 1, 2014 2:38pm EDT

A Facebook error message is seen in this illustration photo of a computer screen in Singapore June 19, 2014.   REUTERS/Thomas White

A Facebook error message is seen in this illustration photo of a computer screen in Singapore June 19, 2014.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said service to the world's largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries.

"Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience," Facebook said in an emailed statement.

Facebook, which has 1.32 billion monthly users, is still investigating the incident, but all signs suggest a "technical" failure rather than any suspicious activity, said a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because the probe is private.

Some visitors to the site on Friday were greeted with a message that read "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

It was not immediately clear how widespread the disruption was, though Reuters was aware of users having trouble accessing the site in the United States, Chile and India.

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; editing by Andrew Hay and Richard Chang)

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MonitorLizard wrote:
Oh my! A Facebook service interruption? How will these users cope. We better get out the Valium and tissues. It’ll be like Brazil’s loss to Germany all over again.

Aug 01, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RSPatterson wrote:
Strange I noted a similar problems around the same time on the Jerusalem Post’s combined Facebook and Discus comment pages. In that case posts could be made to Facebook, and Discus would neither show posts or allow comments but only display the words “PEARLS FOR SWINE” — figured the Jerusalem Post and Discus had been hacked.

Aug 02, 2014 2:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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