Facebook Up and Running After Crash
Facebook is up and running after a technical hiccup Thursday (Sept. 23) blocked access for many of the social networking site’s 500 million users for more than two hours.
The problem began early Thursday afternoon, and was resolved by about 5:30 p.m. ET. A Sept. 23 post on Facebookâs developers blog mentions “latency issues” as the cause of the two-and-a-half-hour outage.
“This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years,” wrote Robert Johnson, Facebook’s Director of Engineering, in a Facebook Engineering’s Notes blog.
Johnson explained that a software error caused a cluster of databases to be overwhelmed by “hundreds of thousands of queries a second.” To fix the problem, it was necessary to shut down the site.
Facebook also experienced a glitch the previous day that hampered access to the site, citing issues with a “third-party networking provider.”