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Facebook and Instagram Campus Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

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Celine Ryan Contributor

A building on Facebook and Instagram’s Menlo Park, California campus was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat Tuesday night, according to police.

An individual called in the threat to the New York Police Department (NYPD), which relayed the situation to local police, reports NBC Bay Area.

Earlier this year, three people were shot at YouTube headquarters after Southern California vegan activist Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire in an outdoor dining area in retaliation for what she called censorship of her content by YouTube. After reports that Aghdam’s parents had warned police that she may be on her way to “do something” at YouTube headquarters, Silicon Valley tech companies seem to be taking extreme care to fully address any threats they may receive.

While the threat was made to a specific building at 200 Jefferson Ave., Facebook has requested that surrounding buildings be evacuated as well.

As of 8:30 p.m., the San Mateo Police Department had cleared the scene and declared the area safe after a search yielded no suspicious objects.

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