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Police: ‘Yes we can confirm Facebook is down, please don’t call us!’

The popo can't fix this.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 30, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:34 pm CDT

“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. 

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.”

Hey, at least we still had Twitter for complaining about Facebook being down. 

H/T The Independent | Photo by webhostingreview/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 30, 2015, 12:08 pm CDT