Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, crashed this morning for around half an hour.

The outage was reported around the world; in countries including Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Holland.

The crash happened at around 9am, with the Facebook blue branding displayed alongside the message: “Sorry, something went wrong.”

The problem also affected Facebook’s apps.

By 9.20am, the site refused to load at all, with the message “service unavailable” shown on a white background.

However, by 9.30am users reported the site was functioning again.

So far, Facebook has not explained why the problem occurred.

Facebook crashed in the US in February this year, after previously going offline for four hours in October last year due to network maintenance.

The network has 1.3 billion monthly active users, making it one of the most popular websites in the world.

It is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

source: skynews