Facebook Buckles as New Features Roll Out

Paul Lilly

A technical glitch forced over 550 million Facebook users to find something else to do for 30 minutes on Thursday as the world's most popular social networking site was temporarily taken offline, CBS News reports .

"For a brief period of time, some internal prototypes were made public to a number of people externally," Facebook said. "As a result, we took the site down for a few minutes. It's back up, and we apologize for the inconvenience."

The downtime occurred as Facebook rolled out a handful of new features, including retooled brand Pages, a new Photos section called "Memories," and the ability to manage different Facebook Pages without logging out.

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