Earlier today WhatsApp users worldwide experienced a downtime (just like its Parent company Facebook and Instagram back in August), probably you too reading this, users were all probably thinking the malfunction was internet or device related but I wasn’t, It was from the app itself.
This notably is not the first time that Facebook owned messaging service has faced an outage. Earlier in May, WhatsApp was down for a few hours in all parts of the world including Malaysia to Spain, Germany, some other European and African, this is not the first time that WhatsApp faced an outage. The Facebook-owned company was down globally early September as well, with users reporting problems accessing the app in all parts of the world including Malaysia to Spain, Germany and some other European countries. Severely affected countries included Belgium, the Netherlands, and Britain.
Independent website DownDetector, which tracks social comments around a certain topic to monitor outages across the globe, shows over a thousand of WhatsApp customers reporting issues using the app. According to the site, problems with the chat app occurred around 8 am this morning, with hundreds of people reporting issues with the app all over other social media platforms and blogs.
DownDetector says that 60 per cent of customers/WhatsApp users are having an issue connecting to it. A further 25 per cent report issues receiving messages and 14 per cent are struggling to login. The US company is aware of the issue and working to remedy the problem. It was not yet known at that point how long the outage may take to resolve.
Well they are is now back for users after a brief outage in the afternoon of November 3. According to downdetector.com, 46 per cent users complained of problems with the connection while 41 per cent reported issues with sending or receiving messages. About 12 per cent WhatsApp had problems with ‘Last seen’ feature of the service.
WhatsApp is yet to release an official statement on the outage. Meanwhile, people took to Twitter to complain about problems with the messaging service. They used the hashtag #whatsappdown which was amongst the trending topics on Twitter “First we open WhatsApp, then we open Twitter to know if #whatsappdown is for everyone,” wrote a Twitter user. “Whatsapp is down, I repeat Whatsapp is down,” tweeted out another user.