An issue with Facebook has stopped users from being able to post updates or like comments on the site.
Issues first started coming to light in the early afternoon when users realised no information was coming through on the site and they were unable to post messages. A communications manager for Facebook confirms the problems and said the firm was looking into the issues.
We are aware that some people are having problems posting to Facebook and we're looking into it.— Iain Mackenzie (@iMacUK) October 21, 2013
The Facebook developer page also confirmed that payments through the site were also not possible at present. “Users are unable to invoke payment flows since 4:46am PDT. We are working on resolving this issue,” it said.
V3 attempted to 'like' a post on the site and post our own Facebook update, but encountered the same issue, as you can see from the screen grab above.
The incident will prove highly embarrassing for Facebook as it leaves its billion-strong user base effectively unable to use the site for any purpose and means brands hoping to engage with users on the site are also unable to do so.
Other firms could also be suffering, as Michael Allen, director of Application Performance Management at Compuware, said the firm had tracked thousands of other sites being impacted by the same issue, after looking at data gathered from its Outage Analyzer tool.
"At least 3,587 other domains were impacted; although the actual number is likely to be far greater. This is because many other businesses and websites are connected to Facebook through the integration of services from Facebook," he said.
"For example, Facebook is used to enable people to log in to many other sites and applications. Any organisation that is seeing errors or slowdowns with their own site or application this afternoon, should check to see if they are relying on Facebook services before they start fire fighting, as this might be the cause."
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