As a potential constitutional crisis unfolds in Washington DC and the worst Ebola outbreak in history rips through Africa, what really concerns Americans? When their Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) goes down is when they really get upset.
Breaking News: Facebook was offline
When Facebook went down today at approximately 12:30 pm EST, the afternoon news programs launched into “Breaking News” that Facebook was offline, Business Insider noted. The “breaking news” updates could have interrupted important soap opera drama, but that didn’t stop people from calling the police.
Los Angeles Police Sergeant Burton Brink was so frustrated by the number of calls they received, he used social media to set the record straight.
Facebook outage led people to bother the Police
“#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!” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Burton Brink said on Twitter.
When asked if the police fielded such asinine calls, Brink noted “yes, we get calls all the time like this, cable TV, all sorts of things not working,” he Tweeted. “They think we control.”
“They should probably try the NSA instead,” user Charlie Zegers joked, referring to the National Security Agency and its online surveillance scandal. The New York Daily News reported others asked if the tweet was a prank, while others pleaded for the release of the 911 recordings to prove such stupidity. Sgt. Brink, the report says, assured them he was serious.
Facebook’s statement on the outage
Facebook pressed on, acknowledging the outage occurred in a statement to the Daily News.
“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time,” the statement read, as if their application was mission critical to democracy. “We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” a spokeswoman said.
It is unknown if Facebook suffered a hacker attack on its servers or other networked methods to keep its worldwide data management operation afloat. The social network had similar problems in June, shuttering for nearly half an hour during the night in the US, saying the loss then was due to a software configuration glitch.