WhatsApp down leaving users unable to send messages

WhatsApp down leaving users unable to send messages

WhatsApp is down across the globe leaving users unable to send messages.

Users took to Twitter to complain they were having issues with the app.

One person tweeted: "The moment when you don’t have Internet working on phone or whatsapp is down and you feel helpless!!"

Another joked about it writing: "Casually checking Twitter to see if whatsapp is down. And guess what? It is down. Think I may have to talk to my family for a bit."

Users from the UK, France, the Middle East and India were all tweeting to say their messages weren’t sending this evening.

Many pleaded with the app to resolve the issues "quickly" and it was working for most people again within half an hour.

Another user quipped: "Coming to twitter to check if everyone’s WhatsApp is down is same as running to your neighbor to check if everyone’s electricity is gone and you’re not alone!"

Others shared funny memes and gifs about how users were left panicking over the outage.

WhatsApp is a free cross platform messaging service which is owned by Facebook.

The problems with the server came after the the app announced its members will only be able to forward a single message up to five times in a bid to tackle fake news.

The policy was introduced in India six months ago after a string of mob attacks in the country were blamed on fake reports which were said to have spread via the app.

Now it is to be rolled out to all WhatsApp users globally, the company confirmed, where previously messages could be forwarded up to 20 times.

A statement said: "WhatsApp carefully evaluated this test and listened to user feedback over a six-month period. The forward limit significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world," a spokesperson for the messaging platform said.

"Starting today, all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once, which will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts. We’ll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content."

The announcement comes as Facebook and other social media services continue to face scrutiny over their policing of false information spread on their platforms.

Last week, Facebook revealed it had removed more than 500 pages and accounts it claims were linked to Russia and participating in "inauthentic behaviour" on its services.

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