Following a surprising amount of phone calls to 911 emergency services last night (27/01/2015), East Bay dispatchers near San Francisco are requesting that local residents stop calling in to complain about social media networks becoming 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 dedicated to handling 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.”
I used to say only in America, but judging by the type of calls we recieve in Australian emergency call centres, it’s happening here too!