Facebook experiences largest downtime in four years
Social networking behemoth Facebook has apologised for an outage which left users without the tool for over two hours last night.
The downtime is the longest the website has experienced in four years and saw members continually inundated with error messages. According to a blog released by the company, the site had to be completely shut down in order to stop the problem.
Robert Johnson, Director for Software Engineering for Facebook, used the blog to apologise to users. He said: "We wanted to first of all apologize for it. We had to stop all traffic to this database cluster, which meant turning off the site. Once the databases had recovered and the root cause had been fixed, we slowly allowed more people back onto the site."
Widespread social media problems
The Facebook outage comes just two days after an external party brought down microblogging service Twitter.
Also communicating via its blog, Twitter released a statement on Wednesday September 24th claiming that the problem had been solved and that users have nothing to worry about.
They added that a recent site update had triggered the hack, which had actually been discovered last month.
This is the second time in four months Twitter has been affected by such a problem, after a hack in May allowed users to force accounts to follow them by typing the word "accept" before a username.