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For the third time this summer, Facebook appeared to suffer a brief outage -- sending frenzied users fleeing to other social networks to voice their panic.
A Facebook spokesperson told ABC News that the company had "encountered an error while making an infrastructure configuration change that briefly made it difficult for people to access Facebook."
"We immediately discovered the issue and fixed it, and everyone should now be able to connect," the spokesperson said. "We apologize for the inconvenience and will thoroughly investigate this issue so we can learn from it and ensure that Facebook is there when people need it."
Facebook's previous outages in July and August were brief but enough to send loyal users into a tizzy.
"This doesn't happen often, but when it does we make sure we learn from the experience so we can make Facebook that much more reliable," a spokesperson said after the July outage.