Facebook briefly takes over entire Internet with redirection bug - Technology on NBCNews.com

"A bug with Facebook's ubiquitous embedded widgets redirected millions from the websites they were visiting to Facebook itself Thursday. It's now fixed, but for awhile, some of the largest sites in the world were inaccessible.

Visitors to such sites as CNN, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, the Gawker network (including Gizmodo), and NBC News were instantly transferred to a Facebook error page upon loading the intended site.

Users not logged into Facebook did not get the error, which led people to conclude, correctly, that the problem was with the Facebook Connect service, which governs "likes," "comments" and other Web-based features of the social network.

Facebook declined to disclose the specifics of the error, but offered the following statement via email to NBC News:

For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people from third party sites with Facebook Login to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved.

It was "quickly resolved" for some, at least: On NBCNews.com, the disturbance lasted for less than 15 minutes, from 4:30 to 4:42 p.m. PT. For other sites it was longer; ReadWriteWeb said the bug lasted about an hour, from 4 to 5 p.m. PT.

Those on Twitter (and Facebook, of course) jammed those sites nearly instantaneously with comments on how it was a little disturbing that Facebook could essentially hijack a large part of the Internet — even if it was unintentional.

If the error had not been fixed by Facebook in a timely manner, the affected sites would likely have be able to intervene by disabling the widgets themselves. The temporary loss of Facebook login and likes would be a small price to pay for an accessible website.

Because the outage was so widespread and public, a more thorough explanation can probably be expected from Facebook once officials there have time to take a closer look at what went wrong."
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mrbob Feb 08, 2013
I deleted my facebook a long time ago so I never got the error. I can't believe more people don;t do the same
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glwrks Feb 08, 2013
I like it for what I use it for...about 20 or so near & dear friends in different time zones that I like to keep in touch with. Once in a while I'll share a deal from here, with a select few I think may be interested.
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cid681 Feb 08, 2013
I got that too, but on some other sites I visited there was no issues. I actually reinstalled my browser to try to get rid of it but I guess that was done for no reason :-P
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cid681 Feb 08, 2013
What really freaked me out was I got home around this time, tried to surf DP and turn on hulu via PS3 and neither were working right...
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glwrks Feb 08, 2013
I had just logged on to FB, and shared a deal from here...so I didn't know where the problem was, but I was freaked enough to shut down & clear everything. It may be a good idea to re-check all your privacy settings, in case it flipped some.
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cid681 Feb 08, 2013
That sounds like a good idea. I don't like how much control that had over my web browsing.
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glwrks Feb 07, 2013
Hmm...earlier every deal posted here, that I tried to check out, I was redirected to that error in the photo...
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