Update: Facebook Lite is no longer available.
Facebook Lite is currently offered as a public preview. It allows registered Facebook users to log into a lighter version of Facebook instead of the standard Facebook page.
The advantage of this is that the Facebook lite page requires less resources and should therefore load faster for users accessing it. This can mostly be recognized by Internet users who have slow Internet connections, dial ups for instance.
The Facebook Login page for instance has a size of nearly 80 Kilobytes while the Facebook Lite Login page one of only 34 Kilobytes.
That's less than half for the login page and the reduction of elements on the page after login is even more noticeable.
Several users are currently reporting a blank page problem when logging into Facebook Lite. That's usually not a big problem as most can go back to using the regular Facebook page to get their social networking fix.
But some users have configured Facebook to only use Facebook Lite and not the regular page. Any attempt to use the regular Facebook login will be redirected to Facebook light instead.
There is currently no option for those users to undo the changes and use the standard Facebook page instead. The reason for that is that the setting to always use Facebook Lite is only available in Facebook Lite. And if that page is not loading or displaying a blank screen instead then there is no way of using the standard Facebook page instead.
The only viable option is to contact Facebook support letting them know about the blank page issue to make them fix it.
Users who can log into Facebook Lite can open the following url to change their default login page (update: not available anymore).
There is one additional option for users who are experiencing a blank page when opening Facebook Lite: Try a different web browser. I had for instance troubles logging into Facebook Lite with Firefox which displayed the blank page. Switching to Google Chrome on the other hand allowed me to log into Facebook Lite normally.
From there it is possible to change the default page back to the standard Facebook website.
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