SOCIAL media giant Facebook is back online after experiencing technical difficulties across the globe, stuff.co.nz and news.com.au said today (May 9).
In Thailand Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said that Facebook crashed and did not work this morning in Thailand with a check showing this occurred in many places around the world not just Thailand.
The problems arose with Facebook itself and it was not blocked or obstructed in any other way in this country, he added.
Stuff.co.nz said the site crashed about 1.20 p.m. today and was back up shortly before 1.50 p.m.
It was unclear what had caused the error and how many people were affected.
However, users in New Zealand and across the world reported issues with loading the social media site.
When users tried to load the site they were met with a generic error message saying “something went wrong”.
It went on to say: “We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
Meanwhile news.com.au said the multibillion-dollar network became inaccessible to its 16 million Australian users shortly after 11 a.m.
Instead of seeing their profile page and photos, users were shown an error message stating the company was “working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
AussieOutages has received more than 3000 complaints about Facebook’s momentary demise.
Based on the reports, the social network appeared to be out across the Asia Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, before returning just before midday.
Some users also reported being unable to access the company’s Messenger app, which is designed as a text-messaging replacement.
Facebook Australia confirmed the local outage, blaming an unspecified technological problem.
“Earlier today, some Facebook users were unable to access Facebook briefly due to a technical issue,” the company said in a statement.
“We have now fixed the issue and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Top: A map showing areas of the world where Facebook was briefly down this morning. Image:Stuff.co.nz