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Some users aren't able to access Facebook


The app and website versions of Facebook seemingly stopped working for some users Wednesday, according to The Independent.

The Independent reported that people visiting either version of the social media platform were incapable of viewing it, apparently due to a technical problem.

Users could reportedly force their computers to fix the issue by holding down shift and then refreshing the page.

Down Detector, which logs outages on websites like Facebook in real time, reported Wednesday that 758 people reported problems with the platform in the last 24 hours.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said a “total blackout” was to blame, while 37 percent cited struggles with their “log in” and 9 percent said their “pictures.”

Down Detector’s live outage map, meanwhile, showed the majority of users reporting problems originating in northern Europe and the United Kingdom.

Significant trouble reports emanated worldwide, however, including Australia, Japan and the United States.

The Independent speculated that time zones may factor into the regional problems, with more people being online in Europe due to the current time there.

Users who struggled with Facebook Wednesday reported seeing an error page stating the site “might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new address.”

Some Twitter users on Wednesday voiced alarm over the possible outage, while others offered tips for fixing Facebook issues.

Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook in 2004 and now serves as the company’s CEO and chairman.

Facebook reported having 1.94 billion monthly users earlier this year at the end of the March quarter, according to CNN Money.

The social media platform reported 1.86 billion users in the quarter before that and 1.65 billion in the same period the previous year.

The social revolution sparked by Facebook’s launch is dramatized in the 2010 movie “The Social Network,” which stars actor Jesse Eisenberg portraying Zuckerberg.

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