#WhatsAppDown: Turmoil hits thousands of users as chat connections fail

WhatsApp, which suffered a global outage today for a brief period, with users reporting problems accessing the app, is now back and running. Users from multiple countries including Malaysia, Russia, India, Israel, Turkey, Kenya, and many other have taken to social media to complain that the app is not working for them.

Despite having more than a billion active users worldwide, WhatsApp rarely experiences such outages.

To recall, WhatsApp was also down in May this year for a few hours in all parts of the world. Some even said their privacy settings can not be updated.

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It is not the first time that it happened that WhatsApp has outage problem.

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After Reuters reported the outage with "Whatsappdown" trend on Twitter in India. The extent of the outage was not immediately known, and Facebook was not immediately reachable for a comment. Most outages tend to be regional in scale, as opposed to affecting app users around the globe. "This issue has been fixed and we apologise for the inconvenience".

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WhatsApp did not give Sky News a statement regarding the cause of the incident, which lasted close to an hour.

The Facebook-owned app was restored by 11:15 and had been down since just after 10:00 on Friday morning.

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  • Israel Montgomery