Facebook Error Takes Down Countless Major Websites

CNN, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, Gawker and others were all effectively taken offline on Thursday evening. A mysterious bug with a common factor: Facebook.

Numerous major websites, including BuzzFeed, were temporarily afflicted with what appeared to be a Facebook bug: After visting a page for a few seconds, users were redirected to a broken Facebook page. The issue seems to have been resolved, but not before causing widespread confusion online:

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Is it just me or does every website that has a Facebook like button redirect me to Facebook - this is what I’m seeing— Fresh Aesthetics

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Hey Facebook, feel free to not redirect me away from any webpage that I’m trying to read to display an error. Thanks.— Maarten Goldstein

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So, #Facebook can just redirect the entire web to its website. That’s awesome.— Stephen Hui

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CNN, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, BuzzFeed, Gawker and Kickstarter, among many others, were hit — the common trait on all these pages seems to be a certain kind of Facebook “Like” button, suggesting a problem with Facebook Connect. One exception, however, is the Tumblr settings page, which redirected to the same broken Facebook page but has no such like button.

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The bug did not reach people without Facebook accounts, or who were logged out of Facebook. The issue does not affect logged-out users.

Facebook has not yet returned BuzzFeed’s request for comment.

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Facebook has responded:

For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third party sites to The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual.

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