WhatsApp down: Popular messaging platform suffers another outage

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Facebook owned messaging app suffered a major outage wherein the users were getting the push notification for new messages but were not able to access the messaging app for sending or receiving messages for a long time.


  • The users took to social media networks, Facebook and Twitter to report this problem.

  • Users have reported this outage by checking on the quick and useful website, DownDetector in India, Italy, Chile, Romania, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Brazil, France, the US, Holland, Argentina, Germany and more.

  • This has been second time in the past few weeks when WhatsApp has suffered such a glitch.

  • The app previously crashed on November 3. However, the outage lasted less than an hour and services were later got restored.

  • According to Reuters, the outage was most acute in northern Europe and Brazil where users found that their messages were just not sending, instead perpetually showing the ‘clock’ symbol next to pending messages.

  • WhatsApp has close to 1.5 billion users globally, with India being among its top markets.

  • A spokesperson for Whatsapp said: “WhatsApp users around the world are unable to access the service. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to fix the issue as soon as possible.”

  • Recently, WhatsApp has added a “delete for everyone” option as well using which you can delete any message that is sent by mistake. The message will get deleted from both – sender and receiver’s device and the text “this message has been deleted” will appear in its place. This can be done for messages sent in a group as well. The message will be deleted in the push notification as well, hence unless the user has already seen your message before you deleted,  post that it will be inaccessible. However, you can delete a message only within seven minutes of sending the message. Better watch out.

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