“Hello, police? Yeah, I’d like to report a murder?”
“Yes, what’s wrong? Who’s hurt?”
“My social life! Facebook is down and nobody got a chance to like my selfie.”
OK, so that’s probably not exactly how things went down when Facebook was out of commission for a few hours earlier this week, but police have had to ask that people not call them to report the website’s outages. Because when people can’t post statuses about what they ate or like their crush’s Instagram post, panic sets in quickly.
Yes we can confirm Facebook is down, please don't call us! What a great opportunity to spend some time with your family… #FacebookDown— Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) September 28, 2015
Previously, a 2014 Facebook outage brought reports of 911 calls to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At the time, Sgt. Burton Brink noted that it was “not a Law Enforcement issue.”
#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!— Burton Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
Hey, at least we still had Twitter for complaining about Facebook being down.