Users report sporadic Facebook outages

Users report sporadic Facebook outages
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For a few minutes on Friday, Facebook’s website appeared to be down.

Users flocked to Twitter to post screenshots of their blank Facebook desktop newsfeeds, displaying the platform’s template of content boxes and spaces for profile pictures and text, but without any words or pictures.

The outages do not appear to be universal. The Hill was still able to access the site as other users were reporting the social media platform was down for them.

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Level 3 Communications’ “Down Detector” said that users had been reporting a high frequency of issues with Facebook’s website since around 12:15 p.m. The detector showed a spike of roughly 618 reports of Facebook being down, a significant jump from the small amount of reports over the course the rest of the day.

Facebook said it was aware of the issue and had resolved it. 

"Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble connecting to Facebook and it has since been resolved," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement.