UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. — Facebook is now back, according to TechOptimals. “Earlier this afternoon, we experienced a load-balancing issue that prevented some people from accessing Facebook for a brief period of time.

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Facebook appears to be down for many people on Friday afternoon. Users are getting an error message when they try to navigate to the site.

#Facebook down: Social network offline for many usershttps://t.co/RfvMQPuxe6 #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/Wu7UmPiwTg

— TechOptimals (@TechOptimals) May 14, 2016