WhatsApp down? Outage fixed after hours-long downtime

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WhatsApp, the instant messaging service owned by Meta Platforms Inc. said it fixed an issue that caused a widespread outage, with tens of thousands of users reporting problems.

“We know people had trouble sending messages on WhatsApp today,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We’ve fixed the issue and apologize for any inconvenience.”

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The company didn’t elaborate further on what caused the disruption. Nearly 70,000 users reported disruptions including not being able to send messages or connect to the server, data from Down Detector showed on Tuesday morning.

The website reported a spike in Whatsapp outages at around 11.00 a.m. Dubai time.

Users around the world, including those in the UK, India and Hong Kong, reported disruptions. Twitter users from around the world also took to the social media site to report problems with the app.

The downtime follows a widespread disruption to the company’s services a year ago that led to user gains by rivals such as Signal and Telegram.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible,” a Meta spokesperson told Al Arabiya English earlier.

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