Meta-owned messaging service app WhatsApp is down for users across the globe in what is being seen as its biggest outage ever. Downdetector, a website that tracks online outages across the globe, has shown a sharp spike in the number of users reporting WhatsApp’s outage. Most users are reporting issues with sending and receiving texts on the application.
Downdetector reported a major spike with around 30,000 reports online in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market by the user base. WhatsApp users are complaining that their messages are not getting delivered. Even when the messages are delivered, the app fails to highlight the delivery status. Social media users from Italy and Turkey also posted about not being able to send messages. The messaging service is down for users across the UK, the BBC reported.
Meta has responded to several queries on today’s outage and a company spokesperson 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.”
It is not yet clear what has caused the disruption and there is no statement on WhatsApp or its parent company Meta’s official Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Users are even complaining about issues with the calling feature on WhatsApp. The app is not going past the ‘calling’ phase to the ringing phase. The WhatsApp Status feature is also at an impasse as users are not able to post their images on the instant messaging application.
Many users took to their Twitter handles to share about the WhatsApp outage with the hashtag ‘whatsappdown’. It has triggered a meme fest on the microblogging site and as of writing this post, the hashtag has garnered over 60,000-plus tweets and counting.
The last longest WhatsApp outage happened on October 5, 2021, when the social giant Facebook and their other apps WhatsApp and Instagram were inaccessible to billions of users for around six hours.
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