WhatsApp messaging service returns after global outage

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration
A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

December 31, 2017

(Reuters) – WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global outage for about an hour on Sunday before the problem was fixed.

“WhatsApp users around the world experienced a brief outage today that has now been resolved”, a WhatsApp spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The cause of the outage, about an hour long, was not immediately known.

In India, its biggest market with about 200 million of its billion-plus users, the app was down just a few minutes past midnight into the new year.

Users in other countries also complained of outages on social media.

(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

  • Politically Incorrect

    I don’t use social media, period. What I do use is a VPN to protect my identity.

    • Don Johnson

      thanks for letting us know, we were worried about you.

  • Legion

    Good thing I don’t use any of those sites.. and I don’t store personal info online anywhere.

    • Don Johnson

      whew. now we can all relax

      • Legion

        troll .. blocked

  • Legion

    It was hacked.. nobody should be using it if you value your private information.

    • whoselineisitanyway

      I have (for the most part) stopped using FB, I really don’t want Zuckerberg to earn any $from me.
      HE’S A GLOBALIST.

      • Politically Incorrect

        And a complete jerk

      • mark abby

        And a friend of Hillary and Soros

    • mark abby

      Nobody should use Facebook for the same reason

      • Don Johnson

        I think people should not use FB just based on the fact that Zuckerberg is a deranged liberal and is obsessed with controlling the worlds information.