Facebook hit by technical problem across Europe

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Facebook was unavailable for a number of users mostly across Europe on Wednesday due to "technical difficulties".

Users reported problems accessing Facebook.com in many countries, including the UK, for about two hours.

The social network's smartphone and tablet apps were also affected, users on Twitter reported.

Facebook apologised for the incident and said the issue was now resolved.

"Today we experienced technical difficulties causing the site to be unavailable for a number of users in Europe," the company said in a statement.

"The issue has been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologise for any inconvenience."

More isolated accounts of inaccessibility were posted by users in further afield places such as Pakistan and South Korea.

Productivity surge

The site has about 850 million users worldwide and many took to Twitter to share information about the down time, with #facebookdown quickly becoming a trending topic on the microblogging site.

Most took a humorous view, with user @Purple_Cow tweeting: "#Facebook is #down, expect a surge in productivity in offices everywhere today."

However, some website owners who make use of the Facebook Connect service - which allows people to log into external sites by using their Facebook account - were left frustrated by the technical issues.

"Facebook two hours down time this morning may make us rethink our login strategy," remarked Tariq Krim, founder of cloud-based service Jolicloud and news aggregator Netvibes.

Launched in February 2004, last month Facebook announced plans to float on the stock market. It seeks to raise $5bn (£3.16bn) from the move, making it the biggest sale of shares by an internet company.


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    Comment number 138.

    know a number of people running one-man/small businesses who are very reliant on Facebook, using it as a tool to grow their operations/generate wealth. The people seeing this as a non-story (including, I suspect, many staunch defenders of entrepreunership/capitalism) need to realise just how important social media has become to the small business we're always told are the backbone of our economy.

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    Comment number 133.

    My Facebook is still down...

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    Comment number 130.

    To all the derogatory commentators.
    FB is a useful social tool. Yes it's abused like most things in the world. Thats the human condition, but there are many out there for whom sites like FB give a lifeline to. It enables people to remain in easy contact with friends family and loved ones who may be 1,000's of miles away and would otherwise be difficult to have regular contact.
    Give it a break!

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    Comment number 89.

    The only thing more vacuous than Facebook itself is everyone rushing into these comments saying "I don't care/who cares/I don't use it/hope it stays down/maybe we'll all have tea parties with our neighbours now".

    Proof that the internet will always find a way for people to express their opinions.

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    Comment number 86.

    I'm in France and it still doesn't work here :(

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    Comment number 32.

    These things happen Facebook is not a critical service, there are other means of communications a no news story really.

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    Comment number 27.

    The first time Facebook has EVER gone down in 5 years! That's impressive, it was bound to happen one day. 2 hours is nothing. I remember sites like MySpace crashing constantly. Facebook has kept on top of that very well so far and one little break down and everyone complains. Shame on you


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