When Facebook goes down anywhere, it's like a giant falling, which of course, has big repercussions (pun totally intended). Facebook said that its service was down in Europe, this morning (European time), because of technical difficulties. The social network made a statement on the matter saying, “Today we experienced technical difficulties causing the site to be unavailable for a number of users in Europe. The issue has been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Of course, a very apparent repurcussion of the going down of Facebook in Europe was the flooding and complaining on Twitter. According to posts, the outage seemed to last two hours.

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Down in Europe

Facebook has been going down in other countries, too, but not for the same reason as the European outage. Most recently, Facebook was down in Tajikistan due to an article critical of the long standing President published on a Russian news site. While the Tajikistan government is not too oppressive towards journalists, they have detained journalists in the past. Iran, too, very recently, set up a wall on internet access in light of recent elections. Users were able to get around the wall using a VPN to access sites, like Facebook, but on days closer to the election, even the workarounds did not work.

While the United Nations has declared denial of Internet access a human rights violation, but as with anything that's black and white, there's always some gray matter. The article allows for special restriction that a country might make, which are specified, which is why, any international involvement is minimal.

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