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Facebook experienced an outage affecting users around the world

According to Time on Thursday, Facebook went down for 30 minutes early this morning. Most people in the worldwide experienced the longest Facebook outage since 2010 when the servers went down for 2.5 hours. That outage was caused by a cyclical server error that eventually overwhelmed its databases. Today, Facebook users around the world were greeted with the notification: “Sorry, something went wrong.” After 30 minutes, Facebook was back up to 100 percent, but the cause of the outage has not been determined.

Users of Facebook, the largest social network in the world, were greeted by an infamous blue rectangle of an error message, as Facebook suffered its longest downtime in four years. Some users instantly took to Twitter and other alternative social networks to express their concerns, with the outage instantly becoming a trending topic worldwide. The outage started around 4:00 a.m. ET and affected both mobile and desktop users.

A spokesman for Facebook said, “We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.” Experts noticed the impact the outage had on the amount of traffic routed to a wide variety of websites such as Twitter.

Officials at Facebook don't know what caused today's downtime, but experts agree that it must have been a core systems failure, since it affected users worldwide.

Users had to wait to post their breakfast meals and their daily inspiration and plans for the day. For those who had no other social outlet, they simply had to do what they did before Facebook came into existence.