While Facebook still appears to be functional for much of the country, the social media giant appears down for much of the western US Thursday, with the first reports of outages beginning this morning. Down Detector says the first outages were reported at 9:12 a.m. EDT Thursday, but the outage reporting graph shows a spike just after noon Pacific Time. An outage map from the same site, shown below, indicates the cluster of outages beginning on the West Coast and spreading east from there.
Facebook users on Twitter are, of course, lamenting about it there, with a number of them pointing out the irony of Mark Zuckerberg presently reveling in his own success, receiving an honorary degree at the alma mater he dropped out of, Harvard. In his speech at the university's commencement today, as TechCrunch reports, Zuck outlined a plan “to create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.”
It's unclear what's been going on with Facebook's servers, or what the issue has been. Facebook also experienced a widespread outage on May 8, and that one affected the western US as well as parts of Asia and Australia. Just a week later, Facebook-owned Instagram suffered a similar widespread outage that had users freaking out also via Twitter.
Some examples from today: