WhatsApp crashes as millions try to send New Year’s messages (2018)


The company had warned some models would find that the app would stop working as of midnight but many users are still hours away from 2018.
According to downdetector.co.uk the main hot spots for outages seem to be in Europe and North and South America.
Users in the UK seemed to be affected by the outage from about 6.42pm until around 7.30pm.


The popular messaging app has over a billion users.
Users have been greeted with the buffering wheel as the app struggles to reconnect to the server

Twitter user @arya_soundarya posted: “Retweet if you’re checking Twitter to find out if WhatsApp is down #whatsappdown.”
According to downdetector.co.uk the main hot spots for outages seem to be in Europe and North and South America

@MarkMC90 added: “WhatsApp seems to have had a rough entry in 2018 #WhatsAppDown.”
The service issued a system status update to users affected saying: “Our service is experiencing a problem right now.
“We are working on it and hope to restore functionality shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
The outage comes at a particularly unfortunate time as people around the world get together for New Year’s Eve.
But the situation will prove more permanent if you’re using the Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 operating systems, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
Support for the Nokia S40 will also stop after tonight, while Android versions 2.3.7 and older will cease to function from February 1, 2020.

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