August 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Facebook service inaccessible for some users on desktop, mobile

Facebook Inc. was inaccessible for some users Friday, most likely due to technical issues, two months after another major service disruption.

The largest social-networking service wasn’t working for both mobile and Web browser users from San Francisco and New York, among other areas. On Twitter Inc.’s service, “#facebookdown” was a trending topic in the U.S., according to the microblogging company.

“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time,” Jay Nancarrow, a spokesman for Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, said. “We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

Facebook has grappled with service issues in the past as it seeks to keep its more than 1.3 billion users connected on mobile devices and desktop computers. In June, members in cities such as Tokyo, London, New Delhi and Moscow couldn’t access the site for about 30 minutes.

Shares of the company fell less than 1 percent to $72.25 at 1:25 p.m. in New York. The shares have climbed 32 percent this year through yesterday.

Service problems affect a wide swath of Internet companies. Last year, Google Inc. said a disruption affected a “significant subset” of users for its online storage feature. Later in 2013, Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer apologized after some people had trouble accessing e-mail.

The Facebook Web outage comes after the company reported rising sales as users increasingly access the service and advertisers spend more to reach them. Last month, Facebook said second-quarter revenue surged 61 percent to $2.91 billion, exceeding analysts’ average estimate of $2.81 billion.