WhatsApp down: Messaging service suffers ‘worldwide’ outages




Facebook-owned chat application WhatsApp suffered a series of global outages Friday (3 November), with issues hitting users in London, Mexico and Malaysia.

DownDetector, a website which tracks connectivity of websites and online servers, indicated that major problems spread across Europe. It claimed that the outages first started at approximately 7:10. There has been no official confirmation from WhatsApp.

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DownDetector shows WhatsApp coverage issues, taken at 8:55am DownDetector

Swathes of users, including those at IBTimes UK, found that connectivity was either patchy or non-existent and were unable to connect, even over Wi-Fi.

“Whatsapp down in Bucharest, Romania right now, it says it’s unavailable and to try again in 5 minutes,” one user wrote on DownDetector.

Another said: “Can’t get connection with WhatsApp yet again even though using home wifi about time you sorted the outage problems out.”

At just after 9am, the service resumed.

In May earlier this year the service suffered a similar mass blackout when it was offline for roughly two hours. Normal service eventually resumed but no cause was ever revealed.

As expected, social media platforms immediately lit up, with users taking to Twitter to vent their frustration and, of course, spread memes about the ongoing outages.

Whatsapp goes down we check twitter. what if twitter goes down, where do we check??? 

This moment when WhatsApp doesn’t work so you try to remember how to send an actual text