UPDATE: According to USA Today, Facebook blamed a configuration change for logouts and confirmed to USA TODAY that some users had experienced problems.
“On January 22, a configuration change caused some people to be logged out of their Facebook accounts,” the company told USA TODAY Saturday. “We investigated the issue and fixed it for everyone earlier today. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”
Update: Statement from Facebook: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” – Facebook Company Spokesperson
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)– Why did Facebook suddenly seem to log everyone out about 9pm central time Friday night? The topic was trending not only on the Facebook platform but Twitter too.
In what appears to be mass logout, users report having to log back into their accounts. Many users got the message “session expired.” The so-called mass log-out led not only to questions but immediate conspiracy theories as well.
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As the topic trended on Twitter, Facebook made no mention of it on their official handle. Some users were not only dumbfounded but complained they couldn’t log back in because they didn’t know their passwords.
One Louisiana law enforcement agency suggested that Facebook had been hacked and suggested changing your password.
It didn’t take long for the memes to take hold either.
DownDetector.com, a website where users can report issues with various websites and services, showed a spike in Facebook-related reports beginning around 8:40 p.m. CDT. 84% of the reports were log in related.
The real reason behind the mass logout is yet to be seen. This is a developing story we will continue to update. The issue also has not been addressed on the official Facebook Facebook page, which is yes, really a thing.