WhatsApp global outage leaves users in the dark
Social media messaging application WhatsApp is facing a global outage with thousands of people reporting being unable to send or receive messages.
A report from Sky News indicated that Downdetector, which tracks outages, said more than 12,000 reports of problems, had been submitted by 8.30am.
However, the number of users experiencing issues could be much higher due to the way the website collects data.
Many have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter to complain that the app is not working.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms across the world and is estimated to have more than two billion active users globally.
“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,” says Meta spokesperson Joshua Breckman in a statement to The Verge.
This is the first major WhatsApp outage since the service went down as part of a massive outage that also took down Instagram, Messenger, Oculus, and Facebook last year.