Facebook experiences apparent outage

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In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo, a Facebook page is seen on a computer in Montpelier, Vt.
AP Photo/Toby Talbot

Facebook was down for brief time this evening, and some users are still complaining of sluggishness on the site.

The outage appears to have begun around 4:26 p.m., according to flood of tweets by Facebook users complaining that they were unable to access the site.

Downforeveryoneorjustme.com was giving visitors intermittent "down" answers this evening when they checked on Facebook's status. Later queries at the site indicated Facebook was up, but several users around CNET reported their Facebook pages taking more than a minute to load.

CNET has contacted Facebook for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

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