Social media app, WhatsApp, have gone down in various locations, scaring people.
There are reports of shutdown in countries like Nigeria, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Israel, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Aruba, Turkey, the US among others.
According to DownDetector.com, which provides a realtime overview of outages online, WhatsApp has been experiencing issues since 8pm GMT (9 pm Nigeria time), with users reporting problems with the app’s connections, sending and receiving messages.
The Facebook-owned messaging service, which has more than 1.2 billion users worldwide, told Metro that it “is aware of the issue and working to fix it as soon as possible.”
It is understood that the company is working on an update and is testing a new feature to allow users to pin conversations to the top of the app menu.
It’s also experimenting with a “Change Number” feature to allow users easily change the phone number associated with an account.
It can be recalled that WhatsApp’s last major outage happened on New Year’s Eve 2015, when the service was knocked offline for a brief period in a number of locations around the globe.
A WhatApp spokesperson said at the time: “Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today. We’re working to restore service back to 100 percent for everyone and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
Meanwhile, social media users have responded to the outage with horror, and lots of memes, with the hashtag ‘WhatsAppDown’ trending in a number of areas.
It remains, at the moment, the top trending hastag on twitter.
Updated!! WhatsApp service is back on!
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