Users reported a variety of problems, from being unable to load the site at all to not being able to post comments. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. When loading the site, some users' got a message on the screen saying "Account Temporarily Unavailable."
At a Facebook event at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas Wednesday, the company's head of video products cracked a joke when he ran into technical issues.
"Today is the technical difficulties day for Facebook, I guess," cracked Paresh Rajwat, in a reference to the company's worldwide service outage when his presentation's video failed to include audio. Rajwat was announcing new features for Facebook's Watch video service.
Technical issues with Facebook have historically posed serious problems for advertisers who use the platform and even other websites.
Facebook previously experienced an outage of its tool for advertisers in November at a time when marketers were trying to place ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In 2013, Facebook experienced a glitch which took several websites down with it thanks to the prevalence of its login feature across the internet. When users tried to log into a website with their Facebook profile, they were directed to a Facebook error page, Business Insider reported at the time. The glitch, which only lasted a few minutes, affected websites including The New York Times and CNN, Business Insider reported.
— CNBC's Salvador Rodriguez contributed to this report.
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