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article imageLos Angeles locals call 911 to ask police why Facebook is down

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 5, 2014 in Odd News
Los Angeles - When Facebook went down last Friday a few people considered it an emergency and called 911. Police officials used other social media tools to tell people they did not know when Facebook will be back up.
Calls to the police for technology outages are actually becoming more common in some areas, as in a case in Fairfield where officers had to tell locals that the police cannot help them when their cable goes out and they want to watch Breaking Bad.
In both that case and the one in Los Angeles, officers went to social media either afterwards or during the event to tell people not to call them on this. As you can see in the link many people thought that the announcement was some sort of joke.
Unusual 911 calls are not uncommon in the United States since Americans are taught from childhood to call the number during an emergency. You can look at a few of them here including a woman who locked herself in her own car and another where a woman wanted to ask an officer out on a date.
Coincidentally while it is not a law enforcement issue when a social media site or cable goes down, reporters and police have come into conflict many times over social media. Information is power as always and this is as true today.
Conflict does not always arise in the way you would expect though as in some cases it's that they are both looking for the same information first that brings each sector into conflict. Police want to know early so they can stop a crime, such as with the Bellevue Police who use it all the time. Journalists also want it so that they can report on an event first. Instead, we've reached an era where everyone wants to get to information first using social media.
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