Facebook outage causes world-wide freakout

The social media giant confirmed all versions were back up and running after a few hours of panic.

May 9, 2017, 9:26 am*

Tech

Phillip Tracy 

Phillip Tracy

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Screengrab via Roberto Onggo Kusumo‏/Twitter

Facebook suffered another major outage Monday night that impacted its website, mobile app, and Messenger.

Users were met with the dreaded error message, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

Everyone’s immediate reaction was to go on other social media sites to voice their somewhat sarcastic fear and concern.

Even police in Australia were at a loss with what to do next.

At one point, #facebookdown started trending.

The outage only lasted a few hours, but had a widespread impact across Asia, Australia, and the United States. More than 7,500 people reported problems to Downdetector starting at around 9:48pm EST.

Here is a heat map from Downdetector showing areas hit the hardest.

facebook outage heat map Downdetector

All versions of the social network were back up and running Tuesday morning.

Facebook issued a statement saying: “Earlier today, some Facebook users were unable to access Facebook briefly due to a technical issue. We have now fixed the issue and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

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*First Published: May 9, 2017, 9:13 am