Twitter Cracks Up As WhatsApp Goes Down

| Updated: 25 October, 2022 2:30 pm IST

Meta-owned instant communication app WhatsApp is reportedly facing  issue. WhatsApp users in India are currently unable to send and receive messages. Outage detection website DownDetector confirmed that WhatsApp is not working for thousands of users. As per the website’s map the majorly affected hot spots are major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow, apart from other places.

Even as people were unable to exchange messages on WhatsApp, users quickly turned to micro-blogging site Twitter to vent their frustration and also crack some jokes.

The most common joke though was how users were checking Twitter to ensure that WhatsApp wasn’t working for all thus giving relief they alone were not at the receiving end of the outage.

Deputy Political Editor for The Guardian was prompt in putting across a pithy tweet on how this outage might affect Conservative party’s internal political dynamics as Indian-origin Rishi Sunak is all set to officially take over as the British PM today.  “Nothing will do more for Tory party unity than WhatsApp being down,” she tweeted. 

https://twitter.com/jessicaelgot/status/1584815763336351744?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet 

This tweet elicited many interesting reactions. One user said, “There will be chaos – none of them will know how to communicate with each other.” Another said, “How are the Tories supposed to agree on next month’s PM without WhatsApp? Disaster.”

James Mevill said, “Millions of phones have this sign on WhatsApp right now. #WhatsappDown”

https://twitter.com/JamesMelville/status/1584820283630063616

Some other reactions are –

As per reports, the WhatsApp server is down which renders users with no option but to wait for the issues on the server side to be fixed.

Users reported that they are not able to send messages to one-to-one chats and group chats, send a new status update and register as a new user or log into the existing account.

Some also said that even updating profile information or privacy settings is not possible.

In a statement, Meta said that its engineers are working to restore services at the earliest.

“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,” the spokesperson said, as per reports.

As Downdetector, a platform that provides users with real-time information about the status of various websites and services, around 30000 complaints were received in India at 1 pm on Tuesday.

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