Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking platform, was inaccessible for worldwide users this morning because of an outage.
The outage happened before 4 a.m. ET, and lasted for about half an hour.
“Sorry, something went wrong,” an error message read. “We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”
The problem affected Facebook’s website and app.
A spokesperson told ABC News that the company "ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems."
"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," the spokesperson said.
The outage drew intrigue, humor and concern from Web users.
BREAKING NEWS: After more than 20 minutes of global panic - the Facebook outage has ended. pic.twitter.com/REYJiHRQPP— Aaron Lucas (@AaronLucasBris) June 19, 2014
"When Facebook was down everyone loses their mind"— Funny Pinoy Quotes (@FunnyPinoyQuote) June 19, 2014
ok, people. facebook's up and running. now everybody get back to miserabilia.— Andi Tutescu (@Cougar_AT) June 19, 2014