WhatsApp crashes on New Year's Eve

Service outages continue for some users, spokesman tells Reuters

Popular Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp had a major outage on New Year's Eve, according to Down Detector, a website that tracks outages and service interruptions.

Most of the outages, which lasted a few hours, were reported in Europe, although there were also problems in South America and the Middle East as well.

A WhatsApp spokesman told Reuters that it had completely restored service, but then admitted that some of its subscribers were "having issues again."

The messaging service did not say what had caused the outage, but some pundits speculated that the spike in messaging traffic on New Year's crashed WhatsApp's servers.

One frustrated WhatsApp user posted a tweet Dec. 31 that said in all caps "WHATSAPP ISN'T WORKING" and a video of Chewbacca repeatedly smashing a guitar on a stool. Another user tweeted, "I'm glad Whatsapp broke down cuz now I have an excuse for not replying to people."

WhatsApp has more than 900 million users and works across iOS and Android platforms, according to a report by Mashable. Users send more than 10 billion messages daily using the app.

For more:
- check out Down Detector
- read the Reuters story

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