Facebook status updates, other interactions temporarily broken [Update]

Update: This article has been updated to indicate the issue has since been resolved.

Facebook status updates and wall postings were broken for nearly two hours on the world's most used social network, providing errors messages to users who attempted to post updates or interact with others.

The incident, which began at about 7:30 a.m. Central Time, impacted users across the world, according to postings on Twitter. About an hour after the problems began, the hashtag #facebookdown began trending on Twitter.

When users attempted to post messages or content on the social network – including status updates, wall posts, photos and more – a message appeared stating the features weren't available. Responses to postings that were made before the error were also temporarily broken on Facebook, with responses to status updates being affixed with a warning sign and an "Unable to post comment" message. Similarly, "likes" weren't registered during the incident, with an error message immediately popping up when the "like" button was pressed.

Users were still able to access Facebook through either its website or mobile apps, but interactions were unavailable regardless of platform.

Facebook has long been the standard of social network reliability, rarely going offline or facing errors. The last major outage for the social network occured on Sept. 23, 2010, when Facebook was down for more than two hours for some users.

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*Helen Lovejoy voice* Won't someone think of the social network obsessed Children!!

I call for an immediate government inquiry... Facebook is just too big to crash! the world wont function at all without it!

Phew. For a little while there, I had no way to remember what I liked, and my friends had no way of finding out!

Same here. I uploading the photo. The FB received, my internet uploading. And then it error and disappear. Why not error first so that I don't need to waste bandwidth uploading photos. My ISP is strange. It is CDMA with independent channel for upload and download. But when there are upload activities, it block the download. Few hours ago I posting youtube link on FB and always failed. It turn out it is world wide.

Sszecret said,
But, but...there's nothing else to do on the Internet if there's no Facebook! Think of the children!

Thank you....why won't someone think of the children???

I logged out and now I can't log in again. I get this error msg:

"Facebook Will Be Back Soon
Facebook is down for required maintenance right now, but you should be able to get back on within a few minutes. In the meantime, read more about why you're seeing this message. Thanks for your patience as we improve the site."