Facebook shuts down after staff leak future projects

Social networking site blackout follows internal leak

Leaked prototypes see Facebook hit the skids and disappear

Social networking sensation Facebook was brought to its virtual knees yesterday as the site was briefly pulled down following and accidental internal leak.

Downed for almost half an hour, the internet phenomenon was essentially switched off after a member of staff accidentally released a number of product prototypes in to the public domain with redesigned brand pages, a revamped photos section and page management features all outed.

One of the prematurely exposed features, dubbed “memories” showed off an upcoming indexing of users’ Facebook histories in which online activity is transformed into a chronological timeline.

Following the social blackout, a statement was released on the official Facebook blog reading: "For a brief period of time, some internal prototypes were made public to a number of people externally." It went on to add: As a result, we took the site down for a few minutes. It's back up, and we apologise for the inconvenience."

With well over 500 million global users, the Facebook switch off, which came just days after founder Mark Zuckerberg was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, didn’t go unnoticed by its avid user base. Whilst some questioned the site’s disappearance others made light of the situation with one widely circulated tweet proclaiming: "Facebook is down. Half the world population had suddenly become productive. The other half of the population is using Twitter.”

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Via: BBC