It was the second instance in the past two weeks in which technical issues appeared to affect access to Facebook. "Earlier today, a server configuration caused intermittent problems across all apps globally, creating a degraded experience for users," a Facebook spokesperson told AFP. "The issue has since been resolved, we are back to 100 percent for everyone, and we're sorry for any inconvenience."
The independent monitoring site Downdetector showed a map indicating that outages affected most parts of the world, especially in North America, Europe and Asia. Outages seemed to stretch from the early morning into the afternoon in California, where the leading social network has its headquarters. The hashtag #FacebookDown trended on Twitter.
Tweeted banter included jokes about people actually getting work done, meeting one another in real life, or flocking to Twitter while not being able to get to Facebook. Facebook, which operates the Instagram photo-sharing platform and the WhatsApp and Messenger applications, has been under pressure in recent weeks over its handling of misinformation campaigns, and its hiring of a consultancy that sought to do damage control for the company.
Facebook has more than 2.2 billion active users worldwide.