Facebook's San Francisco-area HQ secured after threat made - police

Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:03pm IST

The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California January 29, 2013.

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REUTERS - Police searched and secured the headquarters of social media giant Facebook Inc(FB.O) on Tuesday evening after receiving a threat against the company, which San Francisco-area authorities said turned out to be "totally not credible".

Facebook personnel held employees at the campus until officers were on scene, Menlo Park Police Department spokesman Dave Bertini said. Police officers allowed Facebook staff to leave at about 8:30 p.m. (0330 GMT).

"It was a totally not credible, unsubstantiated threat," Bertini said, though he declined to say what the specific threat was. "I am not even sure that it was specifically to the Menlo Park campus of Facebook."

Facebook declined to comment on the incident.

The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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