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Facebook Says Service Went Down in Europe Temporarily Before Fix

Facebook Inc. (FB), owner of the world’s most popular social-networking site, said its service was unavailable to some users in Europe for a short period today before the company was able to resolve the glitch.

The service suffered “technical difficulties,” Facebook said in an e-mailed statement today. The matter was widespread enough to become one of the most-discussed topics on social media service Twitter Inc. in France and Germany today.

“Everyone should now have access to Facebook,” Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Facebook, with more than 845 million members, is relying on Europe and other areas outside of the U.S. to boost user and revenue growth as it prepares for an initial public offering. While the U.S. still makes up 56 percent of sales, the “majority” of revenue from elsewhere is from Western Europe, Canada and Australia, according to a regulatory filing.

Facebook, led by co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, filed for the IPO last month, pursuing what may be the largest Internet offering on record.

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