East Bay Dispatchers Ask That Residents Stop Calling 911 When Facebook Goes Down

By Alyssa Pereira

Following a surprising amount of phone calls to emergency services last night, East Bay dispatchers are requesting that local residents stop calling in to complain about social media networks becoming temporarily unavailable.

Claycord.com reports that following a brief Instagram outage, Facebook also went down, causing panic among several residents.

Facebook’s outage was reportedly caused by an internal glitch, but nevertheless raised concern in the East Bay, prompting five people to call in to ask when the sites would be back online.

“Our lines are [sic] dedicated to handle life and death calls, and even though Facebook is important to a lot of people, it’s not a matter of life and death when it stops working,” the dispatcher said. “One caller even called back to tell me I was being rude because I told her it wasn’t a life threatening emergency.”

To check on whether Facebook is down and to stay up-to-date with any resolutions, visit this site.

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