Facebook Connect Bug Shuts Down the Web

Author: Dan Reyes
Published: February 08, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Social network giant Facebook had experienced a significant brief disruption last night of its Facebook Connect API, resulting in many websites being shut down, according to a Business Insider report.

The said Facebook glitch apparently stemmed from the company's Connect software, a system that lets outside websites sync with Facebook, so people can do things such as post "Likes" or comments back to friends, or log in using their Facebook identities.

The Facebook Connect problem had also apparently caused people logged in at Facebook who tried to visit websites synced to the Connect feature to be redirected to a Facebook error page.

Additionally, according to the above report, this latest Facebook glitch affected some major online sites including CNN, the New York Times, Gawker, and even Business Insider itself. There are also reports that say sites such as NBC News, MSNBC.com, Huffington Post, Hulu, Yelp, Polygon, SBNation, and the Washington Post were also affected by last night's Facebook Connect glitch.

Meanwhile, Facebook for their part has issued the following statement pertaining to last night's glitch by saying "For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third party sites to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual."

This Facebook incident just makes you wonder how far-reaching Facebook's klout is on the World Wide Web when it comes to something going wrong on their end. Facebook users and social media enthusiasts sure don't want to see and experience a "Facebookcalypse" or a "Facebookmageddon" happening in the future.


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