While you were busy making new year resolutions and celebrating the end of another year, Whats App suffered a massive global outage. At the stroke of midnight, the popular messaging application stopped working for a lot of people around the world. A lot of people, including folks here in India found themselves unable to send new year wishes to their friends and family creating a lot of confusion and chaos. The app stopped working for around 1 hour — approx from 12AM to 1AM (India time), however services have now been restored and WhatsApp is working fine.
India is one of the key markets for Facebook owned Whats App, as the application is used by millions, and the number is only on the rise. The reason behind the outage was possibly because of heavy usage of the app to send New Year greetings to family and friends. Users were able to send messages, but they were not getting delivered to the recipient, as it showed only one single grey tick and no blue tick even though the internet connection of both the sender and the receiver was working perfectly fine.
Soon after users obviously angry because they were unable to send New Year greetings to their friends took to Twitter to talk about Whats App’s server down. Some users also received notifications like — “Our service is experiencing a problem right now. We are working on it and hope to restore functionality shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Soon, hastags like — #WhatsAppisdown, #WhatsAppstoppedworking started trending on Twitter and users started posting angry statuses and funny memes.
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