WhatsApp is down, and tens of thousands of people say they can’t use the messaging app.
Many users kept seeing a message at the top of the app that said it was “connecting” to the server, but it didn’t seem to do so.
This morning, WhatsApp went down for users in the UK. Tens of thousands of people said they couldn’t send or receive messages.
Downdetector, a service that keeps track of outages, said that as of 8:28 a.m., more than 69,100 reports of problems had been sent in. Problems were first found just before 8 a.m.
But because of how the site collects data, the number of people who had problems could be a lot higher.
By 9:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 29,918, and just before 10 a.m., people started to notice that services were back to normal.
“We know that people had trouble using WhatsApp to send messages today. We’ve fixed the problem and are sorry for any trouble, “Meta, the company that owns the platform, said this.
People from all over the world who use WhatsApp went to social media sites like Twitter to say that the app wasn’t working.
There were more than 70,000 tweets with the hashtag #whatsappdown, and hundreds of memes were all over the internet.
Downdetector also found that more than 11,000 people in India and 19,000 people in Singapore said they had problems.
Users found that they could open the app and see their conversations, but they couldn’t get new messages or send any.
Many people kept seeing a message at the top of the app that said it was “connecting” to the server, but it never did.
Conservative MPs were likely among the most worried users, since the platform was often used by backbenchers, cabinet ministers, and aides to talk about how to talk to the public.
Today, there will be a reshuffle of the cabinet. During the time the service was down, many MPs who wanted to become ministers couldn’t talk to their advisers about their chances of getting the job.
MPs have been known to use the app to plot against their leader, and it is said that Boris Johnson often got summaries of important government information through the app while he was prime minister.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular ways to send messages in the UK and around the world. It is thought that there are more than two billion active users of WhatsApp around the world.