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Facebook back up after global outage

Company apologizes, blames issues on network maintenance

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Chicago Tribune

2:40 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

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If you couldn't post to Facebook this morning, you weren't alone. Facebook was down globally for several hours, even though Facebook called it a "brief period of time."

"Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users 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 we may have caused," according to a post on Facebook's developer page. 

Trying to post to a business page yielded an error message. Even the one-click act of liking a status on any type of page returned a similar message. The same went for posting in groups, uploading photos and commenting. The site was never down - you could read whatever was already there - but you couldn't post anything new.

Posting via a third-party app yielded the same result.

Scattered problems with posting to Facebook are nothing new, but such a widespread issue that goes global is rare. An official hashtag of sorts, #FacebookDown, was shared in multiple languages from multiple countries.

No word from the greeting card companies as to whether or not they saw a spike in sales. The send a birthday message function was down along with everything else.