Facebook went out of commision for several minutes earlier this week, causing frantic chaos among many Facebook users. Several people did not know what was going on, so their first instinct, according to the Independent, was to call their local police station.
Seriously? Well actually, kind of.
Many police stations tweeted about the reports they were receiving and told people to stop calling.
Yes we can confirm Facebook is down, please don’t call us! What a great opportunity to spend some time with your family… #FacebookDown
— Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) September 28, 2015
— HPOU (@HPOUTX) September 28, 2015
#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!
— Sergeant Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
While it is clear that some people do not know that the maintenance of social media platforms is not a police-related issue, the police stations indicated that there were no phone calls actually received pertaining to the Facebook shutdown on Tuesday.
The tweets were sent out as a preventive measure to ensure no phone calls were made like they were earlier in January, when five calls were placed to police in one city alone about Facebook being down.