Facebook Experiences Brief Outage, Millions Shut Out

Facebook briefly suffered an international outage early Thursday, leaving millions of users with an error message, NBC News reported. The outage appeared to stretch across the globe: users in the United Kingdom, Israel and India were among those affected. Within minutes, the hashtag "WhenFacebookWasDown" was trending globally on rival social-networking site Twitter. A Facebook spokesman would not specify how many users were affected or elaborate on what caused the problem.

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