Millions of users have noticed today that around 12 pm Eastern Time, the social media giant, Facebook, went down for about 30 minutes. This is not the first time the website and its services are unavailable, having the social media giant experiencing similar issues just over a month ago.
Mashable has reported that it was able to access the website during the outage, though the response time is said to have been slower than usual. Users were reporting that they have been greeted with a “Sorry, something went wrong.” message when attempting to load the Facebook page.
It is said that even Facebook’s developer webpage went down during the initial outage, but went back up shortly afterwards. It then displayed a warning message describing the problem and that Facebook engineers are working to fix the issue.
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. We’ll update shortly.
The above message was displayed after the first occurrence at 12 pm ET, having the engineers change the message to the below mentioned one at around 1:45 pm ET.
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 apologize for any inconvenience and we aim to ensure that this issue does not repeat.
The mobile version of the social media giant was reported to be down as well. Users are stated to have been greeted with the “Error loading News Feed” message inside the app. Even Instagram was reported to have been taken down during the outage, though nobody has confirmed the service’s outage.
A Facebook representative has issued an official statement regarding the issue experienced this morning, though it does not explain what exactly caused the outage.
“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”