Facebook NASDAQ: FB -0.68% said the system outage Monday morning that prevented some people from posting status updates was the result of “network maintenance.”

October 21, 2013 10:24 PM0 commentsViews: 1336

Facebook NASDAQ: FB -0.68% said the system outage Monday morning that prevented some people from posting status updates was the result of “network maintenance.”

It wasn’t clear at the time of the outage how widespread the issue was, how long it had gone on, and whether it affected both the website and apps. Several people were hit with this error message when trying to update their statuses: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.”

A Facebook spokesperson said the issue is resolved. “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,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.”

If you’re unable to like, post or comment on Facebook this Monday morning, you aren’t alone. Many are reporting on Twitter that Facebook is down for them. Two editors at The Huffington Post can confirm that the social network isn’t working for them as well.

Let the panicking begin.

The problem isn’t that people can’t access the site. According to Is It Down Right Now?, the site is “up and reachable.” The problem is that once users are on Facebook, they can’t like any photos, wish anyone happy birthday or do many of the other million things people do on the network daily.

On Monday, two of the most widely used online services — Gmail and Facebook — went dark for large swaths of users. Naturally, the first thing many users did was note and complain about the outages on Twitter. In our highly unscientific examination of these tweets, we discovered that many users weren’t too sad to see Facebook go, while the loss of Gmail seemed to be felt more deeply.

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