Whatsapp down: Messaging app Whatsapp was hit by a major outage across the globe, which stopped millions of people from using its services for over an hour. In the one hour when the services of the popular app were down, people were not able to send or receive messages using the Messaging app that is owned by Facebook. It was apparently because of a server problem, as reported by The Independent. The mobile app was not broken, while it was opening for most users, people were unable to send or receive messages. Many users took to social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to complain about the issue. The mobile application was displaying a ‘connecting’ message when people were trying to send messages. Even shutting down and re-opening the app did not solve the issue at that time.
According to various reports, the WhatsApp issue was focused mostly in Europe and Asia. However, on Twitter, users from other parts of the world have also complained about the problem. Incidentally, WhatsApp Web, the desktop version of the app was also down and could not be accessed to send messages. Interestingly, unlike Facebook and other social media websites which have a separate page to notify when their portals are down, WhatsApp does not have such a provision. Even WhatsApp’s official Twitter handle has not posted anything since 2014.
Within minutes of the mobile application going down, Twitter was set on fire with people posting various jokes and memes about it. Check out some of the reactions here-
The reason for #WhatsAppDown could be an Indian engineer working there. His girl blocked him and he went ‘le phir, main block to sab block’
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) November 3, 2017
— Tristan Meyer (@trizzymeyer) November 3, 2017
— Daisy Bennett (@DaisyAmeliaBee) November 3, 2017
— Kate Farrell (@KateFarrell28) November 3, 2017
— Nwa-Mfezi (@Nwa_Hlayiseka) November 3, 2017
— Arian (@arlest21) November 3, 2017
— Anna Cirera (@annacirera) November 3, 2017
— Jack Marian (@JackMarian2) November 3, 2017
— Akshadraj Godbole (@akshadraj) November 3, 2017
— Quincy Brink (@QuincyBrink) November 3, 2017
— Hannah Aldis (@Hannah_Aldis) November 3, 2017
While Whatsapp has been restored now, there is no clarity on why it went down at a global level. WhatsApp has provided no information on this issue. Since it was a global issue, some of the users may still face issues. It is too early to understand what went wrong with WhatsApp. It could be an issue with WhatsApp’s global servers.