Facebook’s ‘Sorry, Something Went Wrong’ Outage Prompts Outcry on Twitter

Facebook left this message for users Friday morning.

Facebook left this message for users Friday morning.

Facebook users found the social media sharing site had temporarily gone offline Friday morning, prompting much concern on a competitor site: Twitter.

A message posted to Facebook at 9:15 a.m. Pacific Time stated “Sorry, something went wrong… we’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”

As of 9:30 a.m., users were again able to log into the site.

There was no immediate word from Facebook on what may have caused the outage.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant ignited a digital wildfire on the Internet when he tweeted a warning for Facebook users not to call 911 with their concerns that the service was down.

The tweet from Sgt. Burton Brink, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley station, received more than 1,800 retweets as well as coverage from at least one national media publication.

“We get calls all the time like this, cable TV, all sorts of things not working, they think we control,” Brink said in a separate reply tweet. He later tweeted that he wanted to prevent emergency calls.

In a direct message to KTLA, Brink said he was not working Friday.

“I have nothing further than what I tweeted in regards to FB and calls we got,” Brink said.

A morning-shift watch commander at the Santa Clarita Station said he was unaware of any emergency calls Friday about Facebook.

Sheriff’s Department headquarters was also unaware of any 911 calls about Facebook.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department was hosting a live Twitter Q&A about emergency dispatchers. The department’s communications division tweeted a joking warning to participants not to ask questions about Facebook, which led to some confusion.

The department later clarified that LAPD had not received 911 calls about Facebook.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.


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