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What Happened to WhatsApp?

With over 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp has become one of the world’s most popular chat apps. It’s been quite a while since we last heard from the app – until today. The messaging service is currently experiencing an outage affecting a significant chunk of its user base.

WhatsApp suffered a fatal global outage.

Many WhatsApp users worldwide are reporting that they are having issues using the app. DownDetector has seen a spike in the number of complaints over the past few minutes. It seems as if these users can’t access their profiles, sign up for new accounts, or send messages. We could not independently verify these claims, but we did notice that many of them mentioned not being able to share pictures and videos on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp’s messaging service has suffered a widespread outage for over an hour. WABetaInfo reports that the issue is server-side. It appears that Google’s chat app, Hangouts, is unaffected. Meta cases have confirmed that they are aware of the outage to TechCrunch. An official statement to them said, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible.”

WhatsApp is back up and running after an outage that affected users across the globe. The popular messaging app went down at 12:45 PM IST (or 12:25 PM PST), with users reporting problems sending and receiving messages. The outage appeared concentrated worldwide. We know how important staying connected is, so we’re grateful that the issue has been resolved and everyone can get back to chatting with their friends and family.

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