WhatsApp suffers global disruptions

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp stopped working for many people around the world on Tuesday. Users in Asia, Europe and South Africa reported problems sending and receiving texts and videos.

At around 0750 GMT, outage notification site Downdetector showed that more than 68,000 users had reported problems with the app in the UK. In Singapore, 19,000 people reported incidents and in South Africa, 15,000.

The app has become a key means of communication for households and businesses. Last October, a multi-hour disruption on WhatsApp affected asset trading, from cryptocurrencies to petroleum, before operators switched to alternative platforms such as Telegram.

The latest app disruption comes during the festive season in India — its largest market by number of users — when people use the platform even more than usual to send congratulations.

Downdetector tracks outages by collecting status reports from various sources, including bugs submitted by users on its platform. The outage may have affected a larger number of users.

“We are aware that some people are having trouble sending messages and we are working to reset WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson for WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta (NASDAQ) said on Monday Platforms.

#WhatsAppDown was trending on Twitter, with more than 70,000 tweets and hundreds of memes on the internet.

“Don’t check your internet connection again, (…) WhatsApp is down right now,” one user tweeted.

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