An outage briefly forced Facebook offline on Thursday. The issue affected all platforms from around 5.30pm UK time.

A message posted on Facebook’s platform status page read: “We’re working with our core infrastructure teams to identify the issue and will update you when we have more information.” By 6pm in London the site appeared to be accessible again.

According to the Amazon-owned web metrics firm Alexa, Facebook is the world’s second largest website, behind Google. Facebook says it averaged 968 million daily active users in June.

With Facebook down, some users went to Twitter to discuss the outage.

A Facebook spokesman has not responded to a request for comment.

This article titled “Facebook briefly falls offline” was written by Kevin Rawlinson, for theguardian.com on Thursday 24th September 2015 17.26 UTC

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