A Facebook bug that briefly brought parts of the Internet to its knees has been resolved, Facebook told The Huffington Post in an email on Thursday evening.
"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," Facebook said.
But for about half an hour, lots of people on Twitter and several editors in the Huffington Post's New York office reported that, while surfing the web, they were suddenly re-directed to a Facebook error page. For example, clicking on stories on the HuffPost front page during that time bounced some people over to the Facebook page seen in the image below:
This was apparently happening from several websites, including, Reuters, Soundcloud and Business Insider, among others.
Buzzfeed reports that the issue affected only people who were logged into Facebook.
The Next Web speculates that the issue could have stemmed from Facebook Connect, which lets Facebook users connect their accounts with third party websites.