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Behind Facebook Downtime Yesterday

Social networking giant, Facebook, suffered an outage yesterday which started at around 4PM local time and caused a bit of a frenzy over the Internet. The good news is Facebook was back online in a less than 30 minutes .

The reason for the short downtime? A software glitch.

“Late last night, we ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems. Not long after we made the change, some people started to have trouble accessing Facebook. We quickly spotted and fixed the problem, and in less than 30 minutes Facebook was back to 100% for everyone. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does we make sure we learn from the experience so we can make Facebook that much more reliable. Nothing is more important to us than making sure Facebook is there when people need it, and we apologize to anyone who may have had trouble connecting last night.” said Facebook in an e-mailed statement.
Facebook has 1.28 billion monthly active users and 1.01 billion mobile monthly active users as of March 31, 2014. Approximately 81.2% of their daily active users are outside the U.S. and Canada.

This outage was the longest since April 2010, when the company’s platform and all social plug-ins went out for 2.5 hours.


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