If you checked your Twitter feed last night, you likely saw a lot of messages about Facebook ruining the Internet. A glitch with the company’s Facebook Connect program did indeed block access to many websites Thursday evening, but only for about a half hour.
Early in the evening, those who were signed in to Facebook noticed that they were having issues accessing a number of websites. “An error has occurred. Please try again later,” a messsage said.
“Oh dear, it seems like Facebook connect is completely screwing up the ability for me to see @sengineland if I’m logged in,” Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan tweeted around 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
“Wow. This is bad. HuffPo is down. Weather Channel is down. All from this Facebook Connect error,” @BFSEsq chimed in.
Luckily, there was an easy fix – sign out of Facebook. Facebook Connect is the program that allows you to conduct Facebook activities on third-party sites (commenting, liking, etc.). If you’re signed in to Facebook on your browser, and you visit Facebook Connect-enabled sites on that same browser, you’ll be signed in to the social network there as well. Unfortunately, this was not immediately clear to everyone who was seeing those error messages, prompting the “Facebook broke the Internet” complaints.
In a statement provided to The Next Web, Facebook blamed a “bug” that briefly directed those signed in to Facebook to Facebook.com. “The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual,” the company said.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag