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Facebook goes down for 30 minutes, 911 calls pour in

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LOS ANGELES – Facebook was down for about 30 minutes Friday morning and officials said the 911 calls flooded their lines.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office even tweeted about the incident, reminding the public the Facebook outage was not a public safety issue.

KTLA said Sgt. Brink couldn’t be reached for comment.

However, a morning-shift watch commander at the Santa Clarita Station said he was unaware of any emergency calls Friday about Facebook.

Sheriff’s Department headquarters was also unaware of any 911 calls about Facebook, according to KTLA.

During the outage, most users reported seeing an error message when they tried to log on.

According to the Facebook status page, Facebook was back online by about 10:30 a.m. MT.

MORE: Get more on this story from KTLA


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23 comments

  • Rodney

    Every one of the idiots that called 911 for this should have been arrested and made to pay a fee to the 911 service

    • nikflorida

      Isn’t this pretty much like pulling a fire alarm when there’s no fire? There’s a fine for THAT, isn’t there?

  • Mickie

    It is sad that there are people out there that consider it an emergency if their FB goes down in their area. They have no way to communicate with others. HHHMMMM, try picking up the phone and calling someone or just use the time to read, play a game with the kids or family. People are getting to dependent on all the social media out there and can’t live without it. It is a shame about that.

  • stretchwithme

    Once again, Facebook runs a psychological experiment on its users. This time the goal was to get idiots to identify themselves to the authorities. It was somewhat successful.

    • Mike needs a clue

      Mike, please see the first paragraph. I did read the article, did you?

      “Facebook was down for about 30 minutes Friday morning and officials said the 911 calls flooded their lines.”

      • Mike

        Keep reading.. don’t stop at the headline…

        “KTLA said Sgt. Brink couldn’t be reached for comment.

        However, a morning-shift watch commander at the Santa Clarita Station said he was unaware of any emergency calls Friday about Facebook.

        Sheriff’s Department headquarters was also unaware of any 911 calls about Facebook, according to KTLA.”

        Derp.

  • Mike

    Did anyone even read the article? The headline says calls poured in, then the story says there were no confirmed reports of any 911 calls.

    Just your trusty MSM blasting you with sensationalist journalism hyped up BS.

    As you were..

  • Catherine A. Bird

    I used to be a cop in the U.S. Air Force, and actually answered our local 911 calls for a while. People call 911 for the dumbest reasons. Once, I answered a call from a woman who wanted directions to Carson City, NV (my base was in Fairfield, CA). I told her to buy herself a MAP, and hung up. Individuals, on their own, might be intelligent, but cops very quickly learn that the General Public are primarily idiots.

    Wanna hear something even worse? I was stationed at an air base in England for 2 years in the 1990s, and, after getting married, had to move off-base. We lived in a little village a couple miles outside the base. One day, as I was leaving for work (in my military law enforcement uniform) a neighbor lady from across the street came running over, all upset. She was nearly hysterical that the power company was turning off power for the day so they could maintain the power lines without getting electrocuted. She actually thought it was in preparation for a blitz bombing raid, like the ones that occurred during WWII. Except she was FAR too young to remember such raids, as she was under 30 years old. Yet she had this wild idea that the village was about to be bombed.

    • Megan

      Wow. Lol, that is the kind of person that isn’t very intelligent. Really? The village getting bombed? That’s just plain stupid…

  • Mary MacElveen

    What it seems to me is that those who called are addicted to Facebook.com and it seems they cannot live without it…SMH! I noticed it went down and started getting ready to go to the beach. To those who did this, “Get a life!” 9/11 is for real emergency calls.

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