Websites of many companies experienced outages on Wednesday for various reasons, ranging from server maintenance to data center issues. Reuters

The websites of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) went down briefly on Wednesday, preventing users from accessing some or all sections of the companies' websites.

On Wednesday, users in the U.S., UK, Germany, Thailand, Portugal and other parts of the world, reported that Facebook's web and mobile sites were down at about 12:40 p.m. PDT (3:40 p.m. EDT). The Menlo Park, California-based social networking giant, which had also experienced major outages in May, June and August, likely loses about $22,453 for every minute it is down around the world, Tech Crunch reported.

Facebook, which soon fixed the issue, stated that the website “encountered an error while making an infrastructure configuration change that briefly made it difficult for people to access Facebook,” in a statement, obtained by Tech Crunch.

Online retailer eBay also said that some users experienced problems while accessing its website on Wednesday. In a post announcing that the issue had been resolved, the company said that the anomaly was “the result of a technical issue that occurred during scheduled server maintenance.”

A similar issue affected Apple’s iTunes Store on Wednesday when some users were “unable to access multiple stores or make purchases.” The company said on its website that the disruption occurred between 3:30 p.m. PDT to 9 p.m. PDT.

Yahoo! Inc.’s (NASDAQ:YHOO) Tumblr website too was affected by an outage Wednesday as the company’s “primary data center’s connection to the internet was interrupted during routine maintenance, leaving Tumblr and all blogs briefly inaccessible” for nearly 20 minutes. “The issue was corrected, and our engineering team will be thoroughly reviewing these procedures,” the company said on its official Tumblr feed.

The website of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) too had issues with its social networking site, Bloomberg reported.