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WhatsApp Down: Angry users take to social media as messaging app suffers outage

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In case you haven't heard, WhatsApp went down last night, and the world had a collective nervous breakdown as the stream of GIFs and emojis went quiet for a good few hours.

There's been conflicting reports on just what happened here, with some still reporting the service remains offline, and others claiming all was ok with the messaging platform as of the early hours on Thursday.

Whatever the case, during the outage, users were reportedly unable to send or receive chats, and in some cases, conversations refused to load at all.

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According to the website Down Detector, the majority of service disruption reports came between 9pm and midnight on Wednesday, though some users on the site are still reporting issues.

Naturally, loyal WhatsApp users were incensed by the drop in service, and wasted no time in getting online to register their disgust, and/or make a hilarious joke involving a GIF.

Here's a few of the best reactions we've managed to round up:

There's this lucid take on the whole thing:

And another:

One more stoic and courageous reaction here:

Here's a really cool way to tie the whole thing in with Star Wars day:

Of course there's this sober assesment of the situation

And this accurate representation of how we all felt:

And finally, this actually sensible take on things:

Despite reports of the service still being down, a WhatsApp spokesperson has been quoted by some outlets as saying: "Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologise for the inconvenience."

Phew!

Let us know if you've experienced issues in the comments.

Biggles

May 4, 2017, 9:36 am

I hadn't noticed.

MikeL

May 4, 2017, 11:19 am

First world problems or what?
I love the bile and hatred directed at a service by users that is free and costs nothing. There's a very simple solution to it....pay your mobile provider more for data. Bunch of whingers.

toboev

May 4, 2017, 1:08 pm

Interesting, that bit about "free and costs nothing". I forget how many billions FB paid for WhatsApp, but it was several. Somehow they must be generating this value out of the users, somehow. I'm not complaining - free of monetary cost and free of direct advertising is pretty good, but I know I'm being 'monetized' somehow. Charity it is not.

Phil

May 4, 2017, 1:56 pm

Your data is being used but whilst they're down you're not giving them any data and so they're experiencing a dent in their money making capability. You're quite right in that if you're not paying for the product then the odds are you are the product but I think the vast majority of people don't realise / don't care to realise that concept. I really do think people get a sense of entitlement from services for which they don't outright pay. This generation feels they're entitled to stuff for essentially free at the point of use (as long as you're willing to endure some adverts). As advertising revenue continues to fall online this becomes more and more troublesome leading to many sites going behind paywalls. As for your point about these companies being worth billions - they're the embodiment of perceived value. They have hardly any real assets in comparison to that value and companies such as Twitter are going down the pan nice and slowly as investors realise there's hardly any chance of any real return. It's how the whole international economy is going (/has gone) with fiat currency meaning the fiver in your pocket is worthless - it has only perceived value.

And we all know what happens when someone realises that the real value and perceived value are very disproportionate.... see: the last banking crash. I expect at some point these services will go that way and be seen by history as a phase we went through where people thought they could get something for free (and whinge when they get an advert shoved in their face) and companies thought they could make money off people's idle chatter.

MikeL

May 4, 2017, 11:15 pm

I was talking monetary value. As to the cost to the soul...well, that's long been sold and spent.

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