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Facebook website returns to service after crash

Published on Jun 19, 2014 5:19 PM
A Facebook error message is seen in this illustration photo of a computer screen in Singapore on June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Facebook Inc.'s website crashed briefly on Thursday, temporarily preventing computer and mobile phone users from reaching the site around the globe.

During the outage, Facebook users ranging from Australia to South Korea to India and Britain were greeted with a message saying "Sorry, something went wrong".

"Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time," Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in an e- mailed statement cited by Bloomberg News. The statement did not explain what caused the disruption.

The exact duration of the disruption could not be confirmed but service was restored in less than an hour. It prevented users from posting to the social networking site "for a brief period of time", a Facebook spokesman said. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 per cent," he said. "We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."