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by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News

When Facebook crashes, whats a discouraged user to do? For some, it means calling the cops. Seriously.

Such was the case on Friday morning when the popular social network suffered its second brief outage in two months. Several people in Los Angeles, after getting an error message, called 911 the emergencies-only number, prompting L.A. County Sheriff sergeant Burton Brink to shoot off the following tweet:

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Users who tried to get on Facebook around noon EST were greeted with an apology.

Sorry, something went wrong. Were working on getting this fixed as soon as we can, the site posted.

According to Sgt. Brink, the Crescenta Valley Station in La Crescenta, Calif. has received several calls from dissatisfied Facebook users seeking a solution, although the exact number of phone-in complaints had not be tallied as of press time.

We get phone calls all the time, whether it be Facebook going down, people getting wrong orders at fast food restaurants, or their cable TV went out, Sgt. Brink told Fortune. But with Facebook in particular, we get calls probably because its such a widely-used thing. Of his now-viral tweet, Sgt. Brink explains it was largely done to prevent more people from calling about the problem.

Since its founding in 2004, Facebook has evolved into the second-most popular Internet destination in the world, with over 1.3 billion users logging in monthly second only to Google.

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Source: http://strikingtherightbalance.com/2016/10/15/l-a-residents-call-911-to-complain-about-facebook-outage/

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