WhatsApp users around the world reported issues on Tuesday with the Facebook-owned smartphone messaging app. WhatsApp outage was identified in major countries including India, Japan, Malaysia, Colombia and the US at about 02:00 am GMT.
According to Down Detector website, issues with WhatsApp appeared to be resolved in most countries within an hour of brief interruption. The commonly reported issues during the downtime involved problems sending and receiving messaging, establishing a connection, and logging into WhatsApp.
In India, most users reported connection issues since 7:54 am on Tuesday, Down Detector reported.
As a result of the outage, users flocked to social media channels, Facebook and Twitter, to express their rage. Some users also took this opportunity to troll the world's largest smartphone messaging platform.
WhatsApp down. pic.twitter.com/MlpmsMJEga
— Gastón Ezequiel (@Bikerforever22) January 26, 2016
— Ashleigh ∞ (@ashleigh_xo1) January 26, 2016
The instant messaging app suffered a brief outage lasting a little over half an hour on New Year's Day at around 1 am. The latest outage is a second occurrence in less than a month.
WhatsApp is quickly approaching to have a membership base of around one billion users worldwide. As of April 2015, the company had 800 million users, a record-setting 50% growth in the previous 12 months. Last week, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum announced that the app would remain free even without the 99 cents charge in some countries. The company is exploring into new ways to establish B2C business interactions without forcing third-party adverts into the app.
Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in late 2014 and has since operated separately without any cross integrations with the social network.