I don’t claim to be very techno-savvy, but even I know that Facebook going down is not a police matter. Apparently, for some it is a matter of life and death. Oh, brother.
Facebook users went crazy Friday went it went down for a short while, calling the police over their emergencies.
They couldn’t post selfies, poke their friends, or (heaven forbid) play Candy Crush. Their worlds were falling apart for maybe two hours while FB engineers worked on the problem.
What does that say about America’s obsession with social media? A helluvalot.
Don’t they know they should call Mark Zuckerberg?
Eye Witness News broke the story:
MENLO PARK, CA (WFSB) –
An officer from Los Angeles County took to Twitter on Friday when Facebook users called for help to report that the social media website was down.
Sgt. Burton Brink, the public information officer in La Crescenta, CA, posted a Tweet reminding people about the reasons for calling them for help.
“#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!” he wrote.
Users who tried to get on Facebook around noon EST were greeted with an apology.
“Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can,” the site posted.
A message posted by a Facebook’s developer around noon said the site “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.”
Facebook returned about an hour later.
Widespread panic is no laughing matter. Panic over a disruption in online social networking, however, is ridiculous. Losing connectivity is irritating, for sure. But expecting law enforcement to get involved is a wild miscalculation.
I’m just really, really glad FB didn’t go down on July 21 at 2:42 a.m. when my first grandbaby, weighing 6 lb 10 oz was born. Now, THAT would have been a travesty.
by T.M. Burroughs
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