Facebook hit by its longest service outage since 2010

Facebook hit by its longest service outage since 2010

In what apparently was Facebook's longest service outage since 2010, the social network remained inaccessible to its 1.2 billion users worldwide for 30 minutes on early Thursday morning - June 19 - reportedly a little before 4 a. m. Eastern Time.

Facebook users who tried to check their accounts during the service outage were greeted with the following message: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

The service outage affected desktop as well as mobile users, and also the Facebook Messenger services. Infuriated Facebook users took to the Twitter microblogging site to complain about the outage; under the hashtag (#)Facebookdown which started trending almost immediately.

However, with regard to the outage, a Facebook spokesperson told CNET on Thursday that "Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time;" and added: "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 per cent." The spokesperson also apologized to the Facebook users for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

Meanwhile, as far as the outage-related loss of suffered by Facebook is concerned, with the company having reported a 2014 first-quarter revenue of $2.5 billion, Forbes' staff writer Jeff Bercovici has projected that the Thursday service outage cost the company slightly more than $500,000 in revenue.

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