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Facebook users from L.A. freaked out when site was down and dialed 911 for help

L.A. Country Police had to ask people on Twitter to stop calling 911 about Facebook not working
L.A. Country Police had to ask people on Twitter to stop calling 911 about Facebook not workingTwitter #facebookdown

This isn’t a satire article, the headline is accurate. According to reports Monday, Aug. 4, Facebook users had no idea how to handle the fact that they had no access to their accounts, and started calling emergency operators for help. Uh, pretty sure 911 operators are not trained in computer science and help desk situations, nor do they have any idea what the social media giant’s system is doing. In any case, Los Angeles, Cali., County Sheriff’s Office knew exactly how to counteract the selfie obsessed, ex-boyfriend stalking, Like all cat video Facebook citizens, by use of other social media platforms.

Sgt. Burton Brink knew he had to get onto Twitter and get in front the thousands of citizens “panicking” because Facebook was not working. He tweeted, “#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up!” The tweet has been re-tweeted almost 4,000 times, and has almost 2,000 favorites. But others who work with emergency management said “it’s more of a crisis than some of the other calls we usually get!”

Facebook was out for almost an hour -- and faithful users (using the hashtag #Facebookdown) were having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that the system crashed and wasn’t available. Users got the pre-typed message of “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can,” but that 59 minutes seemed like eternity for some. After their hysteria got the better of them, those not able to log onto FB right away began frantically dialing 911. Maybe they were worried they wouldn't be able to tend their FarmVille crops?

Sgt. Brink said they had so many 911 phone calls coming in they no idea what the number of calls were. A quick search on Twitter and you’ll find tons of folks under #facebookdown (poke)ing fun at the freak out. Gordon Shuckrow III, jokingly tweeted, “I brought #Facebookdown because I’m tired of candy crush invites.” Does anyone still send out “Candy Crush Invites” anymore?