Facebook suffers brief outage; panicked users even called 911 for help

Facebook suffers brief outage; panicked users even called 911 for help

Popular social network Facebook witnessed a brief outage on Friday; with complaints and comments about the outage inundating the Twitter website.

The Facebook outage affected some of the passionate users of the social network to such an extent that they literally called up 911 for help. Frantic calls to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office were made on both the emergency and non-emergency numbers.

As a result of the 911 calls by panicked Facebook users, one of the local police departments said in a clarification, via Twitter, that the downtime suffered by Facebook was not a police issue in any way.

About the period of the Facebook outage on Friday, the website downdetector. com said that disruption started at around 1600 GMT, and apparently lasted for less than one hour. During the period of the outage, thousands of Facebook users grumbled that the world's biggest social network was inaccessible.

The outage was probably caused by a technical issue at Facebook. Apologizing for the disruption due to which "some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time," Facebook said in a statement: "We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We're sorry for the inconvenience."

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