A Facebook software problem on Thursday temporarily sidelined websites
synched to a feature that lets people's identities at the leading social
network follow them around the Internet.
A Facebook Connect software
glitch caused social network members trying to visit any of a wide array
of websites including NBC News, CNN and The Washington Post to be
routed to an error page.
Connect lets outside websites synch with
the social network so people can do things such as post "Likes" or
comments back to friends, or log in using their Facebook identities.
The problem reportedly affected people logged in at Facebook who tried to visit websites synched to the Connect feature.
a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging
in with Facebook from third-party sites to Facebook.com," the
California-based social network said in an email statement.
"The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual."
did not indicate how long the glitch lasted, but websites claiming to
have been vexed by the problem reported that it lasted from less than 15
minutes to nearly an hour.