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Facebook down worldwide for 15 to 20 minutes in rare service disruption and longest since 2010. 

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Facebook outage worldwide

When trying to login, Facebook's 1.28 billion users were presented with the message: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can." The outage occurred early Thursday morning European time and in the afternoon Thai time.

Users quickly switched to Twitter to find out what was happening where they quickly met many other bemused facebook users also trying to find out what had happened.

The outage or service disruption apparently lasted for around 25 to 30 minutes.

While Facebook has seen outages before, Thursday's disruption appeared to be more widespread than previous outages, affecting the web-based version and mobile apps around the world.

According to the Guardian newspaper in the UK: "The last major outage to hit Facebook occurred in 2010 when the site was unreachable for 2.5 hours, the worst for four years. The 2010 failure was due to a server error that caused Facebook's automated systems to corrupt services and cause more damage than it could fix."

In a statement sent to the Guardian Facebook stated that: "Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

For more information see Guardian article here and Wall Street Journal here.

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Vocabulary:

app: application; a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า

automated: done by machines or equipment instead of people - ปฏิบัติการหรือควบคุมโดยขบวนการอัตโนมัติ

bemused: showing that you are confused and unable to think clearly - ซึ่งสับสน

brief: lasting for only a short time - ระยะเวลาสั้นๆ

damage: to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย

disruption: a situation in which something cannot continue because of a problem - การขัดขวาง, การหยุดชะงัก

experience: to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ

fix: a solution to a problem, especially an easy or temporary one - การแก้ปัญหา

inconvenience: an annoying problem or situation, especially one that forces you to make an extra effort to do something - ความไม่สะดวกสบาย  ความลำบาก

issue: matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก

message: a piece of written or spoken information that you send to someone, especially when you cannot speak to them directly - ข่าวสาร, ข้อความ

mobile (technology): of devices, especially telecommunication devices, that can easily be moved around, e.g., mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers - อุปกรณ์ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

outage: a period of time when an electrical signal, an online service, etc., is unavailable - สัญญาณขาดหาย

period: a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา

post: to send information, in this case, to a website -

prevent: to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง

previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน

resolve: to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it - แก้ไขปัญหา

site: website -

statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง

switch: to change - เปลี่ยน

unreachable: cannot get to or reach a place or website - เอื้อมไม่ถึง

version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น

web-based: on the internet or web -

widespread: happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people - อย่างแพร่หลาย

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