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WhatsApp down as thousands of users unable to send messages

Claire Reid

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WhatsApp down as thousands of users unable to send messages

WhatsApp is down leaving thousands of people unable to send messages.

Website DownDetector has been flooded with reports from users who are struggling to send messages.

The issue appears to be preventing the sending and receiving of messages, which is quite a big issue for the messaging-based app.

So, if you’ve been wondering why your friend is yet to respond to your message this morning, this could be why. Or they may just not like you very much.

Credit: pumkinpie / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: pumkinpie / Alamy Stock Photo

The DownDetector site says ‘user reports indicate problems’, with a chart showing that problems appeared to arise shortly before 8am this morning.

Most users have reported a problem with sending messages, while others have said they’re experiencing service issues.

It's unclear how many people have been affected by the app going down.


However, WhatsApp says it has around two billion users across the globe - so there’s potential for a staggering amount of folks left unable to send or receive their messages this morning.

With their messages not being sent, thousands of users have flocked to Twitter to complain, with some even saying they’ll have to return to text message. Heaven forbid.

It's unclear how long the app will be down, but I think we can be fairly certain that WhatsApp will be working to get it back up and running as soon as possible.

WhatsApp is yet to comment about the problems on its official social media page, and - unlike other Meta-owned apps such as Instagram and Facebook - WhatsApp no longer runs a separate status page to keep its users updated on outages and issues.

Credit: DCPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: DCPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo

So it seems as though for now, you'll just have to sit tight and hope you're not missing anything too exciting.

The outage comes just weeks after WhatsApp announced several new changes to how it will work going forward.

Promising to offer its users more privacy - the messaging app said it would be introducing three changes.


The first major change to WhatsApp is going to be the ability to choose who you appear online to. Alongside this, users will also be able to leave a group chat ‘silently’, which to be honest is an absolute dream come true for someone as miserable as me.

And finally, users will soon be able to implement screenshot blocking on view-once messages.

A spokesperson told LADbible: "View once messages were designed for sharing sensitive messages that didn't need to become a permanent digital record.

"We’re enabling screenshots to help prevent the messages from being shared beyond the intended recipient."

Featured Image Credit: M4OS Photos / DCPhoto / Alamy

Topics: UK News, Technology

Claire Reid
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