WhatsApp is back: Messaging service up again after outage

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Global messaging service WhatsApp has returned to normal after suffering an outage.

Problems with the messaging service, owned by Meta, started around 8am BST, preventing users from sending and receiving messages.

Users were unable to send messages, and according to DownDetector, reports of WhatsApp being down were made across North America – including the US and Canada – Europe – including in the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy, along with reports it was down in Israel, India, Australia and many other countries around the world.

“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 Whatsapp spokesperson told ZDNET.

However, it now appears that Whatsapp messages that were queued up during the outage are sending and the service is back up and running again, some time just before 10am BST. ZDNET has asked Whatsapp for details of what caused the outage.

Whatsapp is one of the most widely used messaging apps on the planet, used by around two billion people across the globe.

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