Facebook outage sparks panic, hacking concerns across Europe
Update: The problem has been resolved, however the cause of the issue has not been revealed. A Facebook spokesperson told RT.com: "Earlier today, some people may have briefly experienced trouble logging into Facebook. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience.”
In the last hour, popular monitoring website DownDetector has witnessed a spike in outage reports from frustrated Facebook users.
People attempting to use the site were greeted with the message: "An unexpected error occurred. Please try logging in again."
Users looking for answers quickly turned to Twitter, where the #facebookdown hashtag rapidly started trending.
Facebook just auto-logged out a LOT of people from https://t.co/7d1bg8aJML…— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) December 5, 2018
That’s never a good sign.
Can't log-in after force log out on #facebook, can't reset password eilher as password reset email didn't arrive, using google to confirm account is broken too. Is facebook down? #FacebookDownpic.twitter.com/7czAWpUN2b— Juozas Pocius (@juozas) December 5, 2018
However, some users reported a brief interruption of service before being allowed to log back on and scroll through cat videos once again.
“Now I received my recovery code, but when I entered it got the following message:
‘Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you're seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site,’” user Mr. T wrote on DownDetector.
Facebook has yet to publicly address the outage or the concerns over a potential hack via its Twitter account.
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