WhatsApp suffered a worldwide outage for a short while on Friday afternoon. Services were partially restored about an hour. However, it is not clear if the service has been restored to all users across the globe.
During the outage, a sent message would show with a single tick, which means the message had been sent. Immediately after circumstances confirmed WhatsApp was indeed out of action, Twitter came ahead to the ultimate rescue of the milennials, who had stopped imagining there was a breathing life without the WhatsApp.And there were reasons why people turned to Twitter.
#WhatsAppDown is down not only in TN or India, but throughout the world. FB & Twitter helps us to know it :-)
— Sathish Kumar M (@sathishmsk) November 3, 2017
There has been no statement yet from WhatsApp on why the outage occurred or even acknowledging that the wildly popular app had indeed gone down.
This has meant there still questions over how many countries or regions faced the outage, and to what extent the services have been restored.
#Whatsapp service restored it was a major breakdown felt all over the world
— Rehan Mushtaq (@rehanmushtaq1) November 3, 2017
'Whatsappdown' was the top trending item on Twitter in India, which is WhatsApp`s biggest market with about 200 million of its billion-plus users. It was also a top trending item on Twitter in Pakistan, Britain, Germany and many other countries.
The app has become a near-universal mode of communication, spreading from text messages to VoIP and video calls. WhatsApp crossed 1 billion downloads in July 2017. It has been downloaded a more than a billion times on Android devices alone.
Users from India, most of Europe, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia, USA and Sri Lanka complained about the problem.
WhatsApp has faced similar widespread outages this year, including for several hours in May. The service was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for USD 19 billion.
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