At midday on Friday Facebook was down for about an hour. Needless to say it was a crisis and everyone was devastated.
I felt a great disturbance in the Internet, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. #FacebookDown— Ron Cacace (@Rawnzilla) August 1, 2014
One Los Angeles police officer, Sgt. Burton Brink, took to Twitter to admonish the masses for their hysteria: Stop calling 911 just because Facebook is down!
#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!— Sgt. Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
And this really resonated. It's clearly easy to believe that people would be so upset without Facebook—and so confused about how the Internet works—that they would call the police about the situation.
But LAPD Communications tweeted that it's not true. Which is just sad, because it seems like it could be true!
For the record: No 1 called 911 about #Facebook. That was a statement in regards to the Q&A, we're doing & the questions we are answering ;)— LAPD Communications (@911LAPD) August 1, 2014
And news outlets either haven't noticed the LAPD Communications tweet or aren't letting it slow them down.
But Sgt. Brink still maintains that the LAPD gets 911 calls all the time for silly things that it doesn't control.
@moneyries yes, we get calls all the time like this, cable TV, all sorts of things not working, they think we control.— Sgt. Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
So far the LAPD hasn't responded to our requests for clarification. But it seems like a lot of people actually coped well with the outage. There are always some alarmists, but maybe people have finally learned how to play it cool when Facebook goes down.
The humanity! The great #Facebook outage of 2014!!! I'll never forget where I was!— Chris Roth (@thechrisroth) August 1, 2014
DID ANYONE DIE IN THE FACEBOOK OUTAGE?— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) August 1, 2014