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WhatsApp's hour-long outage today was global in scale, likely caused by software bug

WhatsApp's hour-long outage today was global in scale, likely caused by software bug
From TechCrunch - November 3, 2017

Did WhatsApp go down for you earlier today? You werent alone. The Facebook-owned messaging service experienced a roughly hour-long global outage on Friday, which led to difficulties in accessing the app and sending messages to friends. While no online service is immune to the occasional hiccup, this outage was notable for its global scale which impacted WhatsApps sizable user base.

The company today has over 1.2 billion users, and is relied upon as the main means of messaging for many people, particularly in emerging markets like India.

The outage was first reported by Reuters, which noted that whatsappdown was a trending item on Twitter in countries like India, the apps biggest market with around 200 million of WhatsApps over one billion users. Other countries where the outage was popping up on social media includedPakistan, Britain, Germany, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, and Myanmar, Reuters had said.

WhatsApp today released a brief statement, confirming the outages global scale after the situation was resolved.

Earlier today, WhatsApp users globally had trouble accessing the app for about an hour. This issue has been fixed and we apologize for the inconvenience, a spokesperson said.

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