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Facebook Crashes: Something Goes Wrong Again
Facebook, the world's most popular social network, crashed briefly for the second time in nearly two months, affecting users worldwide.
The site, which has 1.3 billion users around the world, apologised for the service disruption with an online message, saying: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."
It is unclear how long precisely the outage lasted, for users reported different levels of access to it as the site slowly came back to life.
Initial reports of it going down appeared on Twitter at around 5pm (EST), with the outage appearing to last under an hour.
Some people joked about the crash on Twitter, saying: #Facebook just went dead. The Apocalypse is here - run for the hills!"
Another tweeted: "Facebook and Instagram are down on your wedding day, engagement announcement or birth of a 1st child? You just might need to reschedule it."
One wrote: "#facebookdown. Please remain calm and do not attempt to interact with human beings."
And as more and more people were able to log back onto the site, the comments on Twitter continued, with one person posting: "Facebook is working again. You all can now resume your normal lives of staring at your phones for hours on end.."
During the outage, Facebook said in a statement, "We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."
It is unclear why the problem occurred, but on its platform status page while it was working to resolve the issue, its developers said it was experiencing "increased errors/latency on all platform surfaces".
They explained: "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."
Later, once the website was back up and running again, they added: "Traffic and error-rates are almost back to normal after a coordinated intervention by our engineering teams.
"We are now monitoring the situation and we have our best engineers determining the root-cause of this issue that affected much of our web fleet. We apologise for any inconvenience and we aim to ensure that this issue does not repeat."
The last time Facebook suffered a major outage was on June 19 and it was offline for around half an hour before it started functioning again.
It also crashed in the US in February this year, after previously going offline for four hours in October last year due to network maintenance.