Downdetector, the website that tracks internet outages, too is showing problems with the messaging platform. The extent of the outage is not known so far. However, the outage appears widespread as many people around the world are reporting problems sending and receiving messages on the popular chat app WhatsApp.
As per Downdetector website, users starting reporting issues starting 12.07 pm and they peaked around 12.51 pm.
WhatsApp has acknowledged the issue. “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,” a Meta spokesperson said.
It is not clear what has caused the disruption. There is no statement on WhatsApp or parent company Meta’s (erstwhile Facebook) official Twitter account.
Several users have also reported the disruption on Twitter and as of writing this post, the hashtag “whatsappdown” has garnered over 60,000-plus tweets and counting.
When WhatsApp is Down.#whatsappdown https://t.co/xHgsHd9h8v
— ɅMɅN DUВΞY (@imAmanDubey) 1666682383000
Me after restarting my phone, putting it on airplane mode and uninstalling whatsapp and then coming to Twitter 😭… https://t.co/J6xbPhElbi
— JackieAppu (@JACKIEAPPU1) 1666684028000
Longest outage of WhatsApp happened in October 2021
The longest WhatsApp outage happened in October 2021. Social media giant Facebook and its family of apps WhatsApp and Instagram were inaccessible to billions of users for around six hours.