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Facebook down for half hour Thursday afternoon

FY Teng | June 19, 2014
The global social network suffered an outage but it says "the issue" has been resolved.

There are conflicting reports at this time, but Facebook, the place everyone seems to know, and not a few rely on to keep their personal social circles going, suffered an outage today. According to the regional news portal AsiaOne, Facebook was "down" this afternoon between 4.20 and 4.30 p.m. (Singapore local time). According to The Daily Mail site, which has posted a few more details, Facebook "experienced a significant outage" that lasted 30 minutes, during which time it "was offline around the world."

An unnamed Facebook spokesperson was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying: "We experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time...We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Quoting downdetector.com, the website that styles itself "the weatherman of the Internet", The Daily Mail website said "there were over 6,000 reports from users of Facebook being down during the outage" and that "78 percent reported a total blackout, while 21 percent were unable to log in."

The Daily Mail also did some math to get to an estimate of how much this outage should have cost Facebook. "Reports suggest the tech giant makes about £8,800 ($15,000) in revenue every 60 seconds. This would suggest the latest outage lasting just 30 minutes cost the company almost £300,000 ($500,000)."

 

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