NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook suffered broad outages Thursday afternoon, a week before the widely anticipated film "The Social Network," about Mark Zuckerberg's founding of the site, was set for broad release in U.S. theaters Oct. 1.

"We're currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users," a Facebook spokesperson said in an email. "We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible."

Users trying to access the web site were reaching a message that said "service unavailable -- DNS failure. The server is temporarily unavailable to service your request. Please try again later."

The problems inevitably lead to a flood of comments on Twitter.

"Facebook is down. Does that mean we have to actually....speak to real people?" one reader asked.

"I'm glad facebook is down. I can take a break from getting 328333865363228223350639339338633328444257095258267722 club invites," another said.

Facebook "like" buttons on various web site were apparently also being affected by the technical issues.

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