Numerous users have filed reports on Twitter and downrightnow today about a problem reaching Facebook. We have reproduced the issue and noticed symptoms including slow loading times, missing stylesheets and even difficulty with third-party web sites that incorporate widgets using the Facebook API. The outage has lasted at least 30 minutes as of 11:30am ET.
Here at downrightnow, we’re frequently among the first to notice when a popular web service hits turbulence. We also pay close attention to how quickly companies respond and what they have to say. With web-based email and social networking becoming ubiquitous and indispensable, users clamor for quick acknowledgement and detailed information whenever a web site suffers an outage. The past week has seen improvements from both Facebook and Blogger in how they communicate during and after service disruptions, and their efforts are worthy of praise.
User reports on downrightnow and Twitter today point to a widespread service issue with Facebook:
Many users on downrightnow and Twitter are experiencing difficulty accessing Facebook and slowness loading pages today. The issues may not be affecting all users, but judging by the volume of reports, this is a widespread disruption.
Numerous downrightnow and Twitter users in the UK are reporting problems accessing Facebook today. Users with Virgin Media Internet service seem to be particularly affected.
As far as we can tell, today’s Facebook issues aren’t affecting a large number of users outside the UK.
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