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A short Facebook outage triggered more than a few phone calls to 911 lines, with users asking law enforcement agencies to get the social network service back online.

Yes, you read that right. Some people think police and sheriffs play some role in getting Internet websites back in action.

The onslaught of emergency calls related to Friday's outage, which lasted about a half hour, may reveal how addicted Facebook users have become to the social network.

As one news outlet reports, the LA County Sheriff's office was one law enforcement agency that fielded calls about the outage. The calls prompted a sergeant to then tweet out a notice to local residents that his agency does not handle social networking service interruptions.

"#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don't call us about it being down, we don't know when FB will be back up!," tweeted Sergeant Burton Brink.

As news broke about the social network glitch and 911 calls, some users of Facebook seemed completely stymied that residents would bother law enforcement agencies with such issues.

"People called 911 when Facebook was temporarily down yesterday. Really. Brains on vacation. Really. #facebookdown," states a Tweet in reaction to the 911 call reports.

The outage impacted users around the world. Facebook quickly reached out to issue an apology for the service interruption.

"Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We're sorry for the inconvenience," Facebook stated.

The social network service is the largest and most active, boasting 1.32 billion users. Facebook has not yet identified the cause of the outage, only mentioning there was a "technical" failure.

The global outage is the second such disruption in two months, according to a report.

While Facebook's popularity is obvious given its user base, not everyone is a fan of the social network site. As Tech Times reported, Facebook and business social network site LinkedIn scored very low on the recent American Customer Satisfaction Index. The big reasons cited were concerns of privacy and data security.

In the past few months Facebook has been rolling out new tools and features to entice new users and retain users who may be losing their lust for Facebook. Actor William Shatner creatively reviewed one such tool, called Mentions. His take on the app is well worth the read and also illustrates that Captain Kirk is clearly social networking savvy.

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