If you lived in a European country and tried to sign in to your Facebook account this morning, it's likely that you were unable to do so for a brief time today. BBC News reports that Facebook users throughout Europe had issues with joining Facebook for about two hours. Not only was the web site down, but users also could not access Facebook on their smartphone or tablet apps.
In a statement, Facebook admitted:
Today we experienced technical difficulties causing the site to be unavailable for a number of users in Europe. The issue has been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Facebook did not specify what caused the "technical difficulties". Users first reported the problems via one of the company's biggest rivals, Twitter. Some third party web sites which use Facebook Connect as their sign-in feature were also inaccessible for European users during those two hours today.
US users of Facebook have been hit with brief outages in January and again in February. These issues are showing up before Facebook's planned public stock offering launch. At the time of the IPO's announcement, Facebook said it had 845 million users worldwide.