Facebook shuts down briefly, #facebookdown trends on Twitter

By Daniel S Levine,

Facebook went down briefly in the U.S. and other countries early Thursday morning. But don’t worry, the social network is back for you to waste time at work.

The website and mobile apps were down in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, India and Israel for only a half hour, beginning at 4 a.m. ET, reports USA Today. Anyone who tried to get on the social network got a message that read, “Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”

While the episode was brief and Facebook has yet to comment on what went wrong, the hashtag “#facebookdown” began trending on Twitter and is trending on Facebook itself now. The trend of users going to competing social networks to complain about another one being down continued.

Some brands even used it as a marketing scheme. Nestle tweeted on its KitKat page, “Looks like #Facebook is having a BREAK right now. Have a BREAK, too! :).”

image via Twitter from Twitter occasionally.

According to NBC News, Facebook did apologize for any inconvenience the outage caused.

"We experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time," Facebook said. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%."



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