Popular messaging app WhatsApp down in global outage

PUBLISHED Thu, August 31, 2017 - 12:12pm EDT

The popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp has suffered what appears to be a nearly worldwide service outage, its users are reporting. Only few details were immediately available.. (more)

The outage began on late Thursday morning (U.S. time) when users reported that they were unable to send or receive messages. Reports were coming in from all parts of the world, indicating that the outage could have affected all or most users.

There was no immediate word on what may have caused the outage.

WhatsApp Messenger, which was founded by Jan Koum in 2009 but was later sold to Facebook, has more than 1.2 billion users, making it the world's most popular mobile messaging app. Widespread service outages have happened in the past but are relatively rare.

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