September 23, 2010, 4:09 pm
Facebook Says It Is Working on Technical Troubles
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Facebook Site downfacebook.com Visitors to Facebook’s Web site saw confusing technical error messages on Thursday afternoon.
Facebook users have been seeing the site go on and offline Thursday. The company issued a statement but gave no explanation as to the cause:
We’re currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
The downtime also affected sites that incorporate Facebook’s “Like” buttons and the Facebook Connect service. In place of the “Like” button, many Web sites bore empty white boxes or error messages.
Facebook’s developer Web site remained up and noted that the company was experiencing problems with its application programming interface, or API, which outside programmers and sites use to interact with Facebook. A statement on the site said:
Current Status: API Latency Issues
We are currently experiencing latency issues with the API, and we are actively investigating. We will provide an update when either the issue is resolved or we have an ETA for resolution.