In what has become an unprecedented fashion, global messaging platform WhatsApp has witnessed a widespread outage across the world on Tuesday as the site was down for a long time, affecting and annoying lakhs of users across several countries. Several users have been trending the hashtag #WhatsAppDown on social media.
According to reports, the Meta-owned platform had encountered an unanticipated technical outage and the users have complained that they can't send or receive messages. While the issue has blocked the some users from accessing the group chats, several had claimed that complained of a total shutdown. As the development has become a global discussion, the company has acknowledged the outage.
A Meta spokesperson said, "We are aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we are working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible." The outage has sparked a social media trend and trolls as several users are sharing what they are experiencing with the messaging site for the past few hours.
According to Downdetector, the digital watchdog for internet outages, the users of WhatsApp began reporting issues starting 12.07 pm on Tuesday -October 25. Several Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, and Lucknow have faced the outage while the countries like the United States, Germany, South Africa, and Bahrain have encountered the issue.
It is pertinent to note that the last longest WhatsApp outage happened on October 5, 2021. Following the outage, WhatsApp and Instagram went out of access to billions of users for around six hours. Taking to Twitter, a user commented about Tuesday's WhatsApp outage and wrote, "When your WhatsApp is playing up but you come to Twitter and see that everyone else is having the same problem."