Facebook down because of Facebook

That's not an error in the title you've just read – Facebook itself was responsible for the Facebook outage last night. Apparently there wasn't any sort of hacking going on, nor did the end of the world come close to happening – instead it was a tiny glitch. This error happened, according to Facebook, when they "introduced a change" that affected their configuration systems. This includes Instagram too. Both services should be back in action 100% for users around the globe – if not, count on another statement arriving shortly.

Facebook PR sent the following message to the masses today. "This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. Both services are back to 100 percent for everyone."

Other internet-reliant services like Tinder and Hipchat apparently went offline at around the same time as Facebook. These downed services – at this point – appear to have been downed due to unrelated circumstances.

If you're still seeing the message, you might need to reload: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can."

For additional hilarity, have a peek at the #facebookdown hashtag to see the terror and madness that came soon after the service was put out of commission last night. It wasn't a pretty sight.

In another completely unrelated event – as far as we know – Facebook launched Facebook Lite to the masses yesterday. Have a peek.