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Facebook Crashed, Apparently

Minutes ago, when I tried to access Facebook's website, I got this DNS error message. David Gura/NPR hide caption

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UPDATE at 5:32 p.m. ET:
Facebook seems to be up and running again.

UPDATE at 4:32 p.m. ET:
Interestingly, Facebook is announcing it has a problem on Twitter: "Facebook may be slow or unavailable for some people because of site issues. We're working to fix this quickly."

ORIGINAL POST:
It was supposed to be a good day for Facebook's public relations department. Its billionaire co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, became a bonafide philanthropist, donating some $100 million to Newark Public Schools.

Then, Facebook crashed.

Cue the angry hordes!

TechCrunch's MG Siegeler posted this:

If you’re currently writing us an email to tip us that Facebook is down, you can stop — we’ve gotten a few hundred of those in the past few minutes. Yes, Facebook appears to be down at the moment. I’m currently getting a DNS failure message, others are apparently seeing other things.

I'm seeing the same thing he is, per above.

According to Daily News reporter Anjali Khosla Mullany, "the cause of the crash is currently unclear, but it's not the first time this week that Facebook has been down. Mashable.com reported yesterday that Facebook's website was briefly inaccesible on Wednesday."

'til this is fixed, Siegeler suggests we Facebook users follow a modified version of this: "Twitter Is Down: 15 Alternative Things To Do."