WhatsApp messenger today is undergoing a temporary, albeit major outage, averting millions of people from using it around the globe.
Several users in different countries Such as Brazil, India, Russia to Vietnam and Myanmar – took to Facebook and Twitter in the early hours of today has reported that the social media platform was down in their various countries.
While users were unable to send or receive messages using the Facebook-owned app, apparently because of server problem, the degree of the outage and the motives for it were not instantly known.
The website Down Detector showed a massive spike in problems with the app, telling that almost everyone was unable to go online. While the difficulties were engrossed in western Europe and Asia, it was also stated in various parts of the world.
It was gathered that in India, ‘WhatsApp down’ was the top trending item on Twitter, 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 various other countries.
Some moment later, users reported that the globe’s most famous messaging service had started functioning gradually again – about 30 minutes after the initial complaints of an outage appeared on social media.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Facebook in Singapore said the firm was still investigating the matter.
Independent websites monitoring outages of renowned social media services via online conversations and Twitter messages report consistent outages for WhatsApp, often one every few weeks, but these are typically brief and confined to certain geographies.
Used by more than 1.2 billion people across the globe as a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries, the service was attained by Facebook in 2014 for 19 billion dollars.
It would be remembered, WhatsApp had faced similar widespread outages this year, including for several hours in May.