A West Virginia County Had To Ask People To Stop Calling Them For Help With Social Media After Facebook & Instagram Went Down

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Sounds like an emergency to me.

Ok not really. At all. In fact the best thing that could happen for our society would be for all social media to disappear forever. But that’s not happening, so we’re stuck scrolling and refreshing and commenting instead of socializing with people like normal human beings.

But all that scrolling was disrupted this morning when Facebook and Instagram went down, an outage that parent company Meta blamed on a “technical issue.”

“Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have difficulty accessing some of our services. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

I mean, duh? I could have written that statement and blamed it on a technical issue, and I don’t work for Meta or have any inside knowledge about the issue. But whatever, that’s not really the point here.

Generally when social media goes down it’s not a big deal. But apparently some people in West Virginia felt the need to report the outage and ask for assistance from…their local government.

Kanawha County, West Virginia, which is home to the state capital of Charleston, posted on their X (formerly Twitter) account earlier today that they were aware of the outage, and providing their phone number in case anybody needed assistance:

But apparently their tweet wasn’t clear enough – because a few minutes later they had to clarify that they meant assistance with…things they can actually assist with, not with fixing Facebook or Instagram:

Sounds like they were getting some calls from people who thought they could assist with the outage. I mean, what good is government anyway if they can’t help in an emergency?

Kanawha County, incidentally, is also home to the now-famous former Hooters that was recently the site of a candlelight vigil after it was announced that the building was being demolished.

If the government can’t even save a beloved Hooters, what makes you think they’re going to be able to fix your Facebook?

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