Facebook goes down around the world

Facebook goes down around the world

Facebook users were forced to go without access to the social network on Thursday morning, when the site went down for nearly half an hour.

The social media site's website, smartphone and tablet apps were out of action inspiring users to turn to Twitter to vent their frustration with #Facebookdown. Members of the Facebook community experienced the outage between 9:00 and 9:24 GMT.

In a statement to The Guardian, Facebook said: "Earlier this morning, 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%. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

The latest power outage for Facebook

This is not the first time the social network has gone down, but it is the longest Facebook has been out of action in four years. In 2010 an error caused the social media site's database to crash for two and a half hours.

At the time, Facebook described the outage as a result of the mishandling of a key flaw that ended up causing more damage than it resolved. Although the cause of Thursday's incident has yet to be revealed by Facebook, Forbes magazine speculated in its report that it could be 'something else such as an attack, which has downed Feedly, Evernote and Domino's Pizza over the last two weeks.'

Daniel Nolan, managing director at theEword said: "The last thing Facebook would want is a members of its worldwide community thinking that it was vulnerable to cyber attacks that have caught out a number of high profile sites recently.

"However, until Facebook clarifies why the site went down for a substantial amount of time, that speculation will circulate."