WhatsApp is back after global outage

Popular messaging service WhatsApp suffered a widespread global outage on Thursday, May 4 (SGT) that lasted for several hours before being resolved, the company said.

Photo courtesy: WhatsApp
Photo courtesy: WhatsApp

"Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologize for the inconvenience," WhatsApp said in an email, according to Reuters. 

WhatsApp was down in parts of India, Canada, the United States and Brazil. It affected people who use the service on Apple's iOS operating system, Alphabet's Android and Microsoft's Windows mobile OS.

The internet has taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations: 

Photo courtesy: Screenshot of @suresh_pilania's Twitter
Photo courtesy: Screenshot of @suresh_pilania's Twitter

WhatsApp is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world and is a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries. 

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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