Facebook has now restored access to its website after a 40-minute outage – the second time in a week.

Users were banging their heads on keyboards yesterday evening after Facebook was unavailable for 40 minutes. Users simply saw an error message that read “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

The social networking site is used by nearly 1.5 billion people throughout the world.

According to many reports, symptoms of a slow refresh process and messenger failures led to the site being unavailable.  Consequently, after two outages in a week company shares have been damaged and they were down nearly 4% shortly after the outage.

According to the BBC: “A quick post-mortem, posted by an engineer at the company, said the problem was with its Graph API. In simplest terms, the “graph” is the term Facebook uses to describe the core of Facebook’s system. Posts, photos, statuses are all connected to people, groups and pages via the Graph – and that’s what failed.”

People took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, with some highly amusing Tweets…

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