"Sorry, something went wrong."
That's the message that Facebook's global user base saw early today when the planet's most popular social networking platform went dark.
"We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can," read the error screen. The problem crashed Facebook's website and app, but company officials are mum on what exactly caused the problem. Facebook has had temporary outages before, but this morning's half-hour disruption was the longest in nearly four years.
Facebook boasts more than 1.2 billion monthly active users—nearly 1 billion on mobile devices.
This morning's outage came just a few days after Facebook unveiled Slingshot, it's online answer to Snapchat.
The Nation reports that Facebook's outage had some political repercussions in Afghanistan. "Most of the people had thought that the site was banned due to improper and irresponsible comments regarding the election," Afghan Khaama press reported. "Several tweet messages were exchanged among users in Afghanistan saying that the site has been blocked due to improper election discussions."