Police Ask Facebook Users To Stop Calling Them When The Site Goes Down

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department kindly reminded people, "We do not know when Facebook will be back up."

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On Friday morning, Facebook had a brief outage affecting the Los Angeles area. According to Sgt. Burton Brink of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, many residents called 911 as a result of the social network going down.

Brink decided to tweet out the following message to prevent any further calls being made:

#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

#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!

5:37 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter users were quick to verify whether the sergeant was joking or not.

@LASDBrink do people really call to say that or was that a joke?

Brian Rie$@moneyries

@LASDBrink do people really call to say that or was that a joke?

5:47 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@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

@moneyries yes, we get calls all the time like this, cable TV, all sorts of things not working, they think we control.

5:58 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

No, really, is he joking or not?

@LASDBrink @sistertoldjah seriously, people were calling the police to ask about Facebook?

Brad Lovett@Brad_Lovett

@LASDBrink @sistertoldjah seriously, people were calling the police to ask about Facebook?

12:53 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Brad_Lovett @sistertoldjah Yes, they do. We get it all the time.

Sgt. Brink@LASDBrink

@Brad_Lovett @sistertoldjah Yes, they do. We get it all the time.

5:59 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

OK, so people really do call the police when Facebook goes down.

Yes we got calls #facebookdown That is why I sent out my previous msg to prevent them. Unk number received on 911 or reg number TY #LASD

Sgt. Brink@LASDBrink

Yes we got calls #facebookdown That is why I sent out my previous msg to prevent them. Unk number received on 911 or reg number TY #LASD

2:51 PM - 01 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

SAVE US.