Facebook suffers brief, widespread outage

downThe social media giant suddenly went dark for many desktop and mobile users Wednesday afternoon. The cause was not immediately clear.

The company said it was looking into the matter. The status page for Facebook developers did not show any anomalies, though the data appeared to have been last updated prior to the outage.

After roughly 20 minutes the site was back up for most people. The site also suffered notable outages in early August and mid-June.

Facebook shares fell 1.1 percent, though they were lower before the outage.  More