Billions stranded as WhatsApp goes down

WhatsApp, the messaging service used by billions of people across the world, is now working — after an outage that lasted for minutes.

The social media service went down on Wednesday evening, with some users complaining they cannot send or receive messages.

According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com, there were more than 17,000 incidents of users reporting issues with the messaging platform.

WhatsApp is down

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WhatsApp, nor its parent company Meta, have issued a statement on the malfunction.

But a few minutes later, the messaging platform started working for many users.

The development comes less than a month after Meta’s other platforms — Facebook and Instagram — experienced global technical issues.

On March 5, millions of users complained about logging errors while accessing the social media platforms.

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned platforms had suffered a similar multiple-service outage in October 2021.

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp experienced a global outage that lasted about six hours.

The platforms also experienced glitches globally in March of that same year

In 2019, TheCable Lifestyle also reported how Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were hit by a three-hour outage which prevented some users from accessing the platforms.


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