Skip to main content

Facebook went down for an hour and people actually called 911 to report it

Image used with permission by copyright holder
Earlier this week, Facebook, Instagram, and a handful of other sites, went down for about an hour. According to Facebook, it was the result of an internal glitch, but some souls didn’t think that explanation was sufficient, so they called 911 — seriously.

One 911 dispatcher in California told the Claycord, a Californian daily news website, that people actually had the gall to pick up the phone, dial 911, and ask when Facebook would be back online. “I just want to know if you can put a note out to Claycordians asking them to not call 911 when a website doesn’t work,” said the dispatcher, who asked to remain anonymous. “We have nothing to do with Facebook and when Facebook isn’t working, it’s not an emergency.”

The dispatcher went on to describe one caller in particular, who actually called back and blasted the dispatcher for being rude because the caller was told it was not a life-threatening emergency. We wish this was some kind of joke as much as you do.

Lizard Squad, the nebulous collective that took the credit for taking the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live online services down during the holidays, also took credit for Facebook’s and Instagram’s outages. As previously mentioned, Facebook claims it was the result of an internal glitch. For future reference, if you want to voice your concerns to the proper channels, call Facebook at 650-543-4800, not 911 — Save that number for real emergencies.

Williams Pelegrin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Williams is an avid New York Yankees fan, speaks Spanish, resides in Colorado, and has an affinity for Frosted Flakes. Send…
Spotify, Venmo, and other iOS apps went down because of a Facebook SDK
mark zuckerberg speaking in front of giant digital lock

The new Facebook software development kit wreaked havoc on a number of iOS apps for over an hour on Wednesday -- causing them to crash for hundreds of thousands of users.

According to users on Twitter and GitHub, the new software development kit, or SDK, caused a range of apps to crash  -- including major apps like Venmo, Waze, Spotify, and more. The SDK essentially allows those apps to connect to Facebook and use some of its features, like allowing users to log in using their Facebook account. Thankfully, the issue seems to have now been fixed.

Read more
Facebook rolls out Quiet Mode with muted notifications for people taking a break
Crisis Response Hub

Facebook, as part of its goal of helping people manage their time on the social network during the COVID-19 pandemic, has introduced Quiet Mode.

In a post on the Facebook Newsroom, the social media company's head of health, Kang-Xing Jin, wrote that setting boundaries on the time that people spend online may be helpful, especially amid the adjustments of staying at home and establishing new routines. Quiet Mode is a feature that will help balance the time and focus that people dedicate to their family and friends amid these difficult times.

Read more
WhatsApp: Facebook shelves plan to fill app with ads, report claims
The WhatsApp logo.

WhatsApp's more than a billion users will be pleased to know they won’t be confronted with endless ads on the messaging app anytime soon.

Its parent company, Facebook, has backpedaled on its plan to incorporate ads into the app, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal this week.

Read more