Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Frustrated Facebook users were met with error messages early Thursday afternoon when the world's largest social media site briefly crashed. Though service was quickly restored, many took to Twitter to theorize about the cause of the outage. The consensus? Pope Francis was at fault.

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