Facebook outage hits users

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | August 01st, 2014

Social network reports having an issue affecting all of its platforms at noon ET.

Facebook is reporting “increased errors” on all of its platforms as users in the U.S. report that the social network has been down since about noon ET.

Users began complaining that the site was unavailable, or slow to load at best, early this afternoon. As of 12:45 p.m. ET, the problem persisted, though the site has briefly accessible for some users before quickly crashing again.

“Facebook is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces,” the company noted on its Platform Status page. “Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We’ll update shortly.”

On Wednesday, the company reported that it was having API issues that day, as well.

“We had an increased rate of errors for the Graph API (/me/* and potentially other paths) at 18:01-18:14 PDT today,” Facebook noted. “We reverted the change that caused the issue and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

As usual, when Facebook crashes, frustrated users turn to Twitter to vent their frustrations and make jokes at Facebook’s expense.

“When Twitter’s down, everyone in my Facebook feed is in a blind panic,” tweeted @MrsFridayNext.

And @7Marshall tweeted, “Twitter’s purpose today? Complain about #Facebook being down.”

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon’s RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.