WhatsApp users in India and several other countries were experiencing an outage of the messaging service on Friday, with customers saying they were unable to send or receive messages. According to various reports, users in Europe, Singapore, the U.S., the UK, India and other Asian countries are facing this problem.
Website DownDetector, which monitors user reports of issues with websites and online services, said the issues had been going on since 3.10 am EDT (7.10 am United Kingdom time). Some even said their privacy settings can not be updated.
By this time, services in United Kingdom has been restored in nearly all parts and users from Malaysia, India, Kenya also report that Whatsapp seems to be working fine for the past couple of minutes.
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Rather, specific regions didn't have access to Whatsapp whereas in countries like the United Kingdom, Malaysia and India, it was a total blackout for millions of users. The extent of the outage and the reasons for it were not immediately known. The magazine quoted a WhatsApp spokesperson saying, "We are aware of the issue and working to resolve it". Earlier in May, WhatsApp faced a similar problem but unlike today the outage went for few hours (much longer than today).
This will be the third big WhatsApp outage this year. But the latest outage is a blow to WhatsApp and its ambitions of becoming the world's de facto messaging platform.
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