WhatsApp Down: The Facebook-Owned Messaging Service Suffers Brief Outage, Causes Massive Freakout Among Users

I am not the one but many WhatsApp users worldwide facing this issues as it is unable to connect to the messaging app. Several users across the globe are unable to send or receive messages on New Year’s Eve. Went down briefly on Thursday and the Facebook-owned messaging portal outages is primarily isolated to the UK and Germany. The U.S. appears to be largely unaffected.

Mobile Messaging Service Experiences Outage in Some Areas
Aknowledged the WhatsApp issue. As “some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today. We’re working to restore service back to 100% for everyone and we apologise for the inconvenience.” According to DownDetector, a website that keeps track of service interruptions and outages.

Actually the Facebook-gained messaging app has a user base of more than 900 million and works cross-platform with iOS and Android devices, making it a more practical alternative to iPhone’s iMessage. With more than 10 billion messages sent every day, it’s no wonder the people across the globe freaked out when the service went down.

Many users took to the micro-blogging service, Twitter to complaint that WhatsApp is down, whereas other reported connectivity issues. The voice message calling service seemed to be having issues sending and receiving messages on both the iOS and Android platforms. Noted that they wern’t being able to make calls via WhatsApp either. Thought it could just be a massive spike in traffic on New Year’s Eve, traditionally a day of record traffic for the app. The WhatsApp Status Twitter handle has so far been silent on the downtime.

The red region in the image below shows the areas that are experiencing major issues with WhatsApp, according to DownDetector:

users worldwide unable to connect to the app for 45 minutes, still facing service disruption
WhatsApp users voiced their frustrations with the inability to send and receive messages on Twitter, especially with the outage taking place around the New Year’s holiday.

Have you been impacted by the WhatsApp outage?