The app did not allow sending or receiving messages for a few hours

The WhatsApp messaging service, owned by Facebook, suffered a fall yesterday that prevented the application to millions of users around the world for “a few hours,” the company has admitted.

“WhatsApp users in all parts of the world have not been able to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have solved the problem and apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said.

The fall caused a veritable hotbed of comments on social networks like Twitter, where the hashtag #WhatsAppDown was immediately popularized. The company has not yet reported the reasons for the service cut.

The Downreport website reported a sharp increase in Whatsapp service suspension reports beginning at 5:00 PM local time on the US East Coast, both in the US and parts of Europe, Latin America and Africa. According to Down Detector, the fall was especially notable in Western Europe, the East Coast of the United States and Latin America.

The app already suffered a four-hour drop in February 2014, just three days after closing the deal with Facebook for $ 19 billion.

WhatsApp is used by 1.2 billion people worldwide.

Precisely, the fall of the service coincided with the presentation of the results of Facebook. The social network closed the first quarter of the year with a profit of 3,064 million dollars, 76% more than in the same period of the previous year.

In addition, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg shot up 49%, to $ 8.032 billion, by the pull of mobile ads.


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