RIP Facebook Trends After Site Crashes

This Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, shows the logo of the online network Facebook, recorded in Munich with a magnifying glass of a computer screen of a laptop. (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

RIP Facebook?

That phrase was trending on Twitter after rumors that the hacking group Anonymous attacked the world’s biggest social networking website, temporarily shutting down the website Thursday.

“Okay, let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everyone else, we don’t crash ever,” Jesse Eisenberg said in his memorable role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 movie The Social Network.

But since since Facebook went public May 18, things have not been looking too good for the social network giant. Glitches in the trading of Facebook stock caused problems for traders right off the bat.

After that was sorted out, the profits people were seeing was nowhere near as high as predicted. In fact, holders of Facebook stock before the IPO have reportedly lost as much as half their money.

Then came the crash Thursday. People were reporting problems as early as 7 p.m., and the issues persisted until around 10 p.m, according to reports.

Problems varied from delayed loading times to people not being able to access their accounts at all. Though Facebook will not acknowledge it, there are rumors circulating that hacking group Anonymous were behind the worldwide shut down.

In an e-mailed statement sent to several media outlets, a Facebook spokesperson said:

“Earlier today, some users briefly experienced issues loading the site. The issues have since been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Despite no mention of Anonymous, Twitter account @YourAnonNews tweeted messages suggesting they were responsible shortly after #RIPFacebook became a trending topic on Twitter.

The infamous hacking group tweeted: “Looks like good old Facebook is having packet problems.”

This was followed shortly after by, “Oh yeah … RIP Facebook a new sound of tango down, b*tches.”