As the social networking stalwart goes offline around the world, users joke that it is a sign the world is ending.
Thursday 19 June 2014
When the world’s most popular social network crashes – everybody panics.
The site, which has 1.3 billion users around the world, went offline for half an hour on Thursday morning.
Within minutes, Facebook was a top trending topic on Twitter worldwide, with people jokingly asking: “Where were you when Facebook died?”
The outage was reported around the world; in countries including Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Holland.
The crash happened at around 9am, with the Facebook blue branding displayed alongside the message: “Sorry, something went wrong.”
On Twitter, users joked that they were lost without the social network.
Jon Pudny wrote: “It’s the end of the world … #Facebook is DOWN!!”
Jenny Oag said: “Oh my god. Facebook is down it’s the end of the world. Quick everyone, learn how to use a pen and get the candle lights out.”
Some pondered whether the internet stalwart’s demise was a sign of impending doom.
Aidan Spurrier wrote: “Facebook is down worldwide … the apocalypse has begun.”
Meanwhile Latika Bourke said: “Is this a sign of the impending rapture?”
But the panic was short-lived and by 9.30am users reported the site was functioning again.
So far, Facebook has not explained why the problem occurred.
Facebook crashed in the US in February this year, after previously going offline for four hours in October last year due to network maintenance.