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Facebook Takes Over Internet: Online Bug Shuts Down Internet For Facebook Users

By Jesse Lent | February 08, 2013 03:00 PM EST

In the last decade, no one would argue that Facebook has taken over the internet, however what does that mean if there is a glitch in Facebook's system?

That was exactly what happened on Thursday when a glitch briefly brought down websites for CNN, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, BuzzFeed, Gawker and Kickstarter, among others, according to Buzzfeed.

After visiting an affected web page for a few seconds, any user logged into their Facebook page was directed to an error page with a Facebook "Like" button.

For some reason the one exception was the website Tumblr's settings page which directed users to the same error page, but did not have the "Like" button.

"For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people from third party sites with Facebook Login to Facebook.com," Facebook explained to The Huffington Post in an email. "The issue was quickly resolved," Facebook said.

Website The Next Web speculates that the source of the problem is most likely Facebook Connect, which let Facebook users connect to their account through third-party websites.

Many affected Facebook users quickly took to Twitter to complain that Facebook had taken over the internet.

"Is it just me or does every website that has a Facebook like button redirect me to Facebook?" Fresh Aesthetics tweeted.

"Hey Facebook, feel free to not redirect me away from any webpage that I'm trying to read to display an error-thanks," tweeted Maarten Goldstein.

Although most of the tweets in response to the Facebook glitch showed signs of severe frustration, Twitter user Stephen Hui was impressed.

"So, Facebook can just redirect the entire web to its website?" Hui asked. "That's awesome."

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