WhatsApp is up and running again after a massive outage earlier today where millions of users are said to be affected for hours. The famous chat messenger later confirmed that the service was in fact down and has now been fixed with no mention of why it was down.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in an email – “Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologize for the inconvenience,”
A Reuters report suggests that the service was down in parts of the United States, Canada, India, and Brazil. Further, it affected all the users running WhatsApp on Android, iOS and Windows Phone OS.
Soon after it happened, users were frustrated by the fact that WhatsApp’s social media has been barely active and the Facebook-owned chat messenger didn’t inform the users beforehand which forces us to believe that the issue was certainly unexpected.
As a result, some users jumped onto to Telegram who has recently caught some pace especially in the United States, thanks to its security functions and a bunch of other features which are not present on any other chat messenger.
Meanwhile, in India WhatsApp recently made a rather controversial statement where it asked users to quit the service if they are too concerned about the privacy. Last year, WhatsApp was accused of sharing user data with Facebook without taking any permission.