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WhatsApp Users Are Reporting Outages Worldwide (metro.co.uk) 44

sombragris writes: WhatsApp, a proprietary instant messaging platform owned by Facebook and used by millions of users, is currently down according to user reports from various parts of the world. There's no official word yet on the cause but I'm among the many affected by the outages. UPDATE 5/3/17: "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 late Wednesday afternoon.
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WhatsApp Users Are Reporting Outages Worldwide

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  • Productivity mysteriously increased at a lot of companies today.

    • You mean decreased. When the message doesn't get through I actually have to get up and go talk to the person I'm sending a message to.

  • Next time don't open attached documents even if they are from people you know.

  • Slashot on top of basically breaking news. A rare moment.
    Explains several issues for me today.

    • Nah - if you follow the link, it's actually a 'breaking story' about the last time it was down. We'll hear about the current outage in a week or two.

  • I guess the NSA spying tool they tried to install on their servers took a bit longer to setup than they planned.
  • I use it (Score:4, Insightful)

    by chispito ( 1870390 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @05:24PM (#54351251)
    Whatsapp is a relatively lean and unencumbered messaging app compared to others I've tried, and way more reliable than SMS--even with this apparent outage.
    • Re:I use it (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Guybrush_T ( 980074 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @05:31PM (#54351289)


      It works well internationally. Signal is the other alternative. In all cases, such apps are quite needed : MMS picture quality is crap, international texting/MMS costs a lot in many countries .. or sometimes doesn't even work.

  • those 3000 new hires are for the video feed, not to watch all whatsapp users.

  • completely peer-to-peer and relies on centralized services it is not much use.

    • by lucm ( 889690 )

      it is not much use.

      There's 30 billion messages sent daily on Whatsapp. I don't know what you consider of "much use".

      • There's 30 billion messages sent daily on Whatsapp.

        Except when their servers are down apparently.

        Which is fine so long as you don't use it for anything important.

    • by Geeky ( 90998 )

      People outside of the geek bubble don't care about peer to peer. Mostly they don't care about encryption either (although WhatsApp does have end to end encryption). They care about what their friends use. Whatsapp has a critical mass. I use it because of the people I want to talk to, not because of its technical qualities.

      And at least it's not Facebook Messenger... although it still surprises me that FB haven't eliminated it to have a single messaging platform to support, given that they own WhatsApp.

      I'm al

  • People walked outside to say "What's up" to other people.

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