Feeds

Facebook goes down, people dial 911

Police appeal for calm – yes, seriously

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Facebook's servers fell over today – with users on the US east coast, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, complaining of outages.

Facebook outage map

Oh noes! Circles mark areas of connectivity problems ... Click for bigger map. Source: IsItDownRightNow.com

According to IsItDownRightNow.com, the downtime appears to have kicked off at 7am Pacific time (3pm UTC) and many peeps are still having problems. Facebook has acknowledged the outage, but has given no reasons for it as yet.

"Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We're sorry for the inconvenience," a spokeswoman told El Reg in an email.

While Facebook going down is a good thing as far as office productivity goes, it's clear that some addicts aren't happy: police in California got so tired of getting calls about the outage that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's public information office was forced to take to Twitter to tell off people for wasting police time.

This is the second outage in the last few months for Zuckerberg and Co. In June the firm's servers took a dive, reported as the longest in its history, although service was resumed reasonably quickly.

This latest outage now appears to be coming to an end, so everyone can now stop panicking and get back to looking at pictures of cats, other people's food, and astonishingly ugly newborn babies. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.