Brief WhatsApp outage causes panic on social media

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Just as the user gets into a chat, the app displays a "connecting" text and it remains the same making the messages unable to get delivered.

"Earlier today, WhatsApp users globally had trouble accessing the app for about an hour".

People have taken to Twitter to find out what is happening and the #whatsappdown is now trending. The app had gone offline for hours and the Facebook-owned service was forced to issue a statement.

WhatsApp users have been reporting problems with their account in India and few other regions across the globe. The reports from multiple continents confirmed it is a massive global outage, one of the largest shutdowns in recent times for the app which has over a billion users. However, WhatsApp users are gradually reassuring that the service is back up. The app is widely used around the world and has become a preferred source of messaging by most people. The extent of the outage was not immediately known, and Facebook was not immediately reachable for a comment. We are working on it and hope to restore the functionality shortly.

The service began to return around 9 am United Kingdom time for many users.

Friday's outage is the second such in the last three months for WhatsApp.

WhatsApp being done for an hour is one thing, for a few hours is just bad. Recently, the instant messaging platform launched two new features: Live Location and Delete for Everyone.

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