Facebook went down briefly on Thursday for currently-unknown reasons, causing panic on rival social network Twitter. Facebook did not immediately say why the site was down for some users, but its developer page indicated a problem.
— Youry De Winter (@YouryDW) September 17, 2015
— Insignificant Me. (@ShowMeFamily) September 17, 2015
— Aleena علینہ (@AnmolAleena) September 17, 2015
Luckily, the panic was short-lived.
FACEBOOK IS BACK! I repeat ... FACEBOOK IS BACK!
— Scott Kleinberg (@scottkleinberg) September 17, 2015
It is not clear at this stage why the social network went down, but with over one billion users and one of the busiest websites on the internet, the traffic may have been too much for Facebook to handle for a brief moment.