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Whatsapp Is Down And People Are Losing Their Minds Over It

By Chidirim Ndeche 03 November 2017   |   11:00 am

People all over the world entered panic mode when WhatsApp went down earlier today and they were unable to send or receive messages.

Online messaging application WhatsApp was hit by a major outage, stopping millions of people from using it around the world.

People who noticed the problem went straight to Twitter to confirm whether it was true or not. Some were worried, while others turned it into jokes (of course).

The Facebook-owned app apparently had a server problem, although the issue is currently being handled and service now appears to be restored gradually.

Initially, the app allowed chats and contacts to load, but once a user was in a chat, it showed a “connecting” message and because of that messages couldn’t be sent or received.

Normally, closing and opening the app would resolve this problem, but this time it appeared to be from WhatsApp and resetting the connecting message didn’t stop it from showing.

The website, Down Detector, showed a huge spike in problems with the app, suggesting that almost everyone – especially those in Western Europe and Asia – was unable to get online.

It wasn’t only the mobile app that was affected; WhatsApp web, which uses the phone’s connection, was also broken.

WhatsApp, unlike many other large social networks like its owner Facebook, does not have a page specifically for giving uses information when the site is down. It’s official Twitter account that’s supposed to post when the app is experiencing issues like this has not posted since 2014.

This is not the first time that WhatsApp has gone down and it now appears to be doing so on a roughly monthly basis. The outages are often resolved quickly, though can sometimes also take hours to fix.



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