Facebook Goes Down for 10 Minutes; Causing Confusion for Some & Hysteria for Others

Can you imagine a life without Facebook? An untold number of people got a taste of that scenario for several minutes today when the social media site went dead for around 10 minutes. It was the second time the site went down this week, according to some reports, although the previous outage only lasted for about five minutes.

Starting around 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today, the Facebook homepage went dead, sending users to other social media sites to report and comment on the problem. VentureBeat reported that its worldwide staff couldn’t reach the social network.

Different Messages Reported

Different messages appeared on the Facebook site, according to reports.

Some users saw a generic “Service Unavailable” error. Others saw a “Sorry, something went wrong.” message followed by “We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

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Reports varied about the extent to which mobile apps were affected. Many users initially thought they were having an individual problem, but soon, it became clear it was a global outage.

One user tweeted a picture of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seated at a desktop computer surrounded by soldiers and wrote: Kim Jon-un stop playing on that computer!! You are interfering #Facebook!!”

Another tweeted: “Is everybody ok? Did something happen? Are the zombies attacking? I’m scared!!!”

Also read: Facebook awards $100,000 to white-hat hackers

Facebook Resurrects; Users Relieved

When Facebook resurrected, one person tweeted a video of people partying.

Facebook’s “Platform Status” page, which is used to communicate when the site is broken, why and when it will be fixed, was also hit by the problem and was inaccessible, according to the London, U.K.-based The Independent.

Facebook’s had a major outage in January, the Independent noted.

Hackers took credit for the outage then, but the problem was eventually attributed to an error by Facebook.

Many people wondered what would happen if the outage lasted for a long time.

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Lester Coleman is a veteran business journalist based in the United States. He has covered the payments industry for several years and is available for writing assignments.

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