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Facebook Connect, the single sign-on tool Facebook uses to allow its accounts to serve as logins to other online services, has experienced a glitch that froze users out of many popular websites and sent them to an error message.

The incident took place in the very early hours of 8 February, GMT, and saw Facebook Connect users logged in to sites such as CNN.com with Facebook Connect unable to reach that site. They were instead routed them to Facebook, which produced an error message stating, helpfully, “An error occurred. Please try again later.”

Facebook has 'fessed up to the problem and issued a statement in which it says “For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third party sites to Facebook.com.”

Whatever cause the glitch has not been revealed, and while social media exploded with comments about the issue it seems not to have caused problems other than making it hard to reach some web pages for a few minutes.

The Reg expects a horde of bloggers is currently typing posts about how the incident shows it is not entirely sensible to rely on third party services and/or the cloud for important services. 'Twas ever thus, of course. But let's all enjoy being told so a lot for the next few days, shall we? ®

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