Facebook users suffered from a series of service disruptions, keeping many people out of the popular social networking site.
Facebook users reportedly endured problems in the website, making some of them unable to use their accounts for almost two hours. There were also complaints of sporadic disruptions and system time outs. Users who could get through the website complained that the pages took a longer loading time than usual.
People quickly took to other platforms such as Twitter, news sites and blogs to express their frustration over the slowdown, as news of Facebook’s inaccessibility spread over the web. Website-watching sites Downrightnow and Downforeveryoneorjustme reported that the site was intermittently available for a period of several hours.
Reports claim that the downtime was due to the work of hacktivist group Anonymous. A tweet by popular Twitter account YourAnonNews disputes this however, saying, “Anonymous would never attack Facebook, we have said this many times. Why would we attack a tool that many anons use to spread info?”
Facebook apologized for the system disruption and said it had fixed the problem. In their official statement, Facebook said some users “briefly experienced issues loading the site”, now resolved thus making the site working perfectly for everyone. They did not disclose the reason behind the system problems.
Facebook has always been held as a reliable site. This recent glitch comes at a bad time, right when the company’s stock continues to underperform. The stock has fallen almost 23% since its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange on May 18.
“Facebook is acting like its stock. It keeps going down,” tweets a Twitter user.