WhatsApp Down: Outages Reported Around The World

In an apparent global system outage, WhatsApp users have been shut out from sending or receiving messages on Thursday afternoon. As of 2:10pm ET the worst-hit are Brazil, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, India, and the Middle East.

On Downdetector.com reports started spiking after 1:20pm ET with a peak of 3250 reports at 2pm ET.

The app is not sending or receiving messages according to multiple users, many of whom have taken to social media to highlight the issue according to The Independent. It is unclear if the problem is focused on one particular part of the world but many users appear to be affected.

The outage appears to be focused on South America, particularly in Brazil, where users are currently unable to send or receive messages through the app. 

A spokesperson for Whatsapp said: “WhatsApp users around the world are unable to access the service. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to fix the issue as soon as possible.”

Users on social media said they could not send or receive any messages which has sparked a trending topic on Twitter #whatsappdown.


HelluvaEngineer Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:30 Permalink

That app has been having serious issues for the past 3 months.  My bet is someone decided to outsource everything to dotheads in an attempt to save money.Good work - give yourself a bigger bonus.

are we there yet E.F. Mutton Fri, 12/01/2017 - 20:29 Permalink

We have over the years hired all sources for programmers and have quietly learned that a small number of Anglo or Slavic programmers make outstanding code that is insightful, clean, creative, inspired, and that all other frankly darker skinned programmers have been a major drain causing much more harm than use. One exception, I found one Vietnamese programmer who was good with writing low level device drivers, but was massively not honest in his hours reported.
WhatsApp may have sought the cheap programmers they could get from third world countries and now are paying the price. Even after they learn the leson they can not publically voice such prejudice.

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mkkby Citizen G Thu, 11/30/2017 - 20:11 Permalink

Explains why the millenials I saw today were lurching around like zombies with tears in their eyes.

Never used it myself. So many apps are just old fashioned IRC chat with a new skin on top. That's all silicon valley is worth these days. Copy some useless shit and call it social media. Rake in the bucks from stupid investors.

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NoDebt Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:32 Permalink

That top Twitter post is funny as shit. I wish I had done that one.  But it would require me to be funnier than I am.  And to have a Twitter account, which I don't. More's the pity. 

Ke Kai O Ka Hiki Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

This may be the testing ground for an EMP targeting apps or specific frequencies without disrupting other applications like internet or email. I wonder if this is directed towards trying to stop cryptos from being traded?

pigpen Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:02 Permalink

Friendly daily reminder to destroy digital advertising goobook monopolies.Install brave browser on any mobile device and operating system.Blocks advertising, malware and tracking by DEFAULT.Brave is funded by Peter Thiel - time to break the advertising, spyware and tracking business model.Cheers,Pigpen

koan Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

Communications, currency, and soon vehicles, are all dependent on a network and power grid that are surprisingly easy to take down.