WhatsApp panic hits after messaging app suffers worldwide outage

  • Panic
  • 03/11/2017
WhatsAppwent down for users across the globe on Friday morning, causing irate users to flood to other forms of social media to complain.

The messaging service failed at around 8.30am, showing just a buffering wheel and a "connecting" message when users tried to get online.

#Whatsappdownbecame the top trending phrase on Twitter in the UK, while other countries hit includedRussia, South Africa, parts of India, Malaysia, Spain and Germany, according to Downdetector.co.uk .

The service shut down for around 45 minutes, causing social media users to joke about "the end of the world".

2 mins silence for those who were constantly turning their mobile data "on and off" #WhatsAppDown#whatsapppic.twitter.com/rsUgrnMNgW manpinder bajwa (@manpindr) November 3, 2017

Whatsapp is down. The end of the world is near. pic.twitter.com/gEvfFMVH15 Rubn Mozo (@rubenmozo) November 3, 2017

However the outage didn't last long, with the service returning around 9.15am for most users.

Me waiting for Whatsapp to get back online... #WhatsApp#whatsappdown#Patiencepic.twitter.com/DPB30CBW9B Quincy Brink (@QuincyBrink) November 3, 2017

Aaaand whatsapp is BACK! Phew! That was close... Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) November 3, 2017

Facebook-owned WhatsApp and other messaging services occasionally experience down times and blackouts. In May this year the service crashed for millions of users in the UK,US, Australia and Brazil.

The app is currently deploying several updates for users, including the ability to unsend messages for the first time. The ability to delete a message lets users unsend a message within seven minutes of sending was launched across iOS and Android earlier this week.
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