LA County deputies not amused by 911 calls over Facebook outage

Sgt. Burton Brink of the Crescenta Valley said the department gets similar calls all the time.
By Aileen Graef  |  Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Some Californians dubbed the outage of their social media a national emergency worthy of the attention of law enforcement Friday.

The LA County Sheriff's Department was annoyed by the high number of calls it received regarding a Facebook outage.

"Facebook is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We'll update shortly," said Facebook in a statement Friday morning. Service was restored a shortly after, but that didn't stop social media enthusiasts from calling police.

Sgt. Burton Brink of the Crescenta Valley took to Twitter to tell people not to call place emergency calls about the issue.

According to Brink, the department receives similar calls all the time.

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