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WhatsApp crashed, restored as India welcomed 2018


London, Jan 1 (IANS): Users in India and other parts of the world went into a frenzy after WhatsApp went down puncturing their plans to wish their friends a "prosperous 2018" at the stroke of midnight. It was restored in two hours.

At midnight, a large spike was seen in the number of reports that the messaging service was suffering outages in India, Japan, Britain, Barbados, Panama, South Africa, Spain and Qatar, The Mirror reported.

According to downdetector.co.uk, it received 2,012 reports that WhatsApp was not working at its peak.

Thousands of people took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express anger, as well as connect with their dear ones, while the Facebook-owned instant messenger remained dormant for almost two hours on Sunday.

Several people used social media to vent their frustrations using the #whatsappdown.

One Twitter user wrote: "Nothing could've been better than whatsapp servers crashing on new year's eve #whatsappdown #WhatsApp"

Another said: "Open Whatsapp. Send message. Nothing. Airplane mode on. Airplane mode off. Nothing. Open twitter. See £whatsappDown. Find relief that it's not just me. #HappyNewYear2018."

The app appeared to display a permanent loading wheel with messages failing to deliver. Whatsapp later apologised.

"WhatsApp users around the world experienced a brief outage today that has now been resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience," a spokeswoman for the messaging service was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, some smartphones could have experienced this problem due to WhatsApp cutting support for some operating systems.

Last week, the company confirmed that the mobile messaging app will stop working on a number of platforms from December 31.

The messaging app dropped the support for 'BlackBerry OS', 'BlackBerry 10', 'Windows Phone 8.0' and older platforms, from December 31.

"We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," WhatsApp had said at that time.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    We are used to IT, ST, & GST servers crashing ...

    DisAgree [4] Agree [7] Reply Report Abuse

  • sri_elder, Karnataka

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Let toppi government declare holiday on 1st January in Karnataka state...

    DisAgree [9] Agree [4] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    I quote one comment:

    Rathan, Mangalore Sun, Dec 31 2017
    Joseph
    There is no govt holiday on 1st January . Chirstan education institutions may have holiday but no bank holiday central / state offices r working.who r you to direct police dept to fix the time ? They have their own responsibility to maintain law
    and order situation and depending on that they lay rules / regulation from time
    to time.And just don't blame MODI for some stray incidents in UP and Rajasthan
    Just because Ur party lost both the states don't conclude India is going
    towards anti democracy .BJP is the man party which beleives in
    democracy both inside the party and country . Khangress s the
    party which imposed emergency and tried to kill democracy.

    UNQUOTE.

    EVERYBODY IN INDIA ARE CELEBRATING NEW YEAR IRRESPECTIVE OF CASTE, CREED, COLOR AND RELIGION.

    ONLY THE FUNDOOOOOS ARE HELL BENT ON BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN JEALOUSY ARE SPEWING VENOM AGAINST ONE FAITH.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [5] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur , Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    There is are States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and North Eastern States have declared Holiday's on the New Year.

    Karnataka had a holiday on the New Year a few Years Back.

    They declared a Holiday on Karnataka Rajyothsava on November 01 so that they removed New Year Holiday.

    I PREFER A NEW YEAR HOLIDAY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ALL OVER INDIA.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Luv, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Kim Jong's new year message must have heated the servers.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

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