WhatsApp Goes Global with Thousands Affected

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You may think your friends are ignoring you in WhatsApp, but the silence is the result of a crash.

The Facebook-owned app ran into problems around 4 p.m. ET and plagued tens of thousands of users around the world.

Many have reported problems logging into the platform, sending or receiving messages, and logging in.

The outage seems to afflict the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia, but reports come from all regions of the world.

WhatsApp encountered problems around 4 p.m. ET for tens of thousands of users around the world. Many users have reported problems logging in to the platform, sending or receiving messages, and logging in

According to DownDetector, a site that monitors outages for websites and online services, started showing that WhatsApp was down Tuesday afternoon.

And in about 30 minutes, more than 19,000 users shared their frustration on the site.

DailyMail.com contacted Facebook for comments and has yet to receive a response.

The problems appeared in Europe and South America first, but spread to the United States with many Americans saying they couldn’t call in the app.

Downdetector shows that many users are unable to deal with connection problems, followed by problems with sending and receiving messages – only three percent are unable to connect to the application.

First launched in 2009, the app has become a must for chatting with friends and family - and not being able to use the app has sparked a frenzy on Twitter.  Users who suffer from technical problems flocked to the social media site to share their frustrations

First launched in 2009, the app has become a must for chatting with friends and family – and not being able to use the app has sparked a frenzy on Twitter. Users who suffer from technical problems flocked to the social media site to share their frustrations

Many said they weren't sure their friends were ignoring them or that the app was crashing

Many said they weren’t sure their friends were ignoring them or that the app was crashing

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging and calling service owned by Facebook, which purchased the technology in 2014.

First launched in 2009, the app has become a must for chatting with friends and family – and not being able to use the app has sparked a frenzy on Twitter.

Users who suffer from technical problems have flocked to the social media site to share their frustrations.

Many said they did not know if their friends were ignoring them or if the application was crashing.

Many users have reported problems logging in to the platform, sending or receiving messages, and logging in

Many users have reported problems logging in to the platform, sending or receiving messages, and logging in

Many users were unaware that WhatsApp was done on Tuesday and thought it was a problem with their device

Many users were unaware that WhatsApp was done on Tuesday and thought it was a problem with their device

This is the second time this year that WhatsApp has broken down, but in April it was followed by Facebook and Instagram.

According to DownDetector, Instagram has experienced the most common outages with users in the United States and Europe as well as some in South America who said they could not load news feeds and stories.

At 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday March 31, more than 28,000 reports had flooded Downdetector.

Thousands of reports have also focused on Facebook’s main social media site and application and WhatsApp, which is a company-owned messaging service.

The majority of Facebook users said they couldn’t see photos while others said their news feeds were not loading.

WhatsApp reports indicate that many users were unable to connect to the service or were unable to receive or send messages.

The biggest problem that plagued WhatsApp users was the inability to connect to the app

The biggest problem that plagued WhatsApp users was the inability to connect to the app

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging and calling service owned by Facebook, which purchased the technology in 2014. Loss of service appears to be devastating for some users

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging and calling service owned by Facebook, which purchased the technology in 2014. Loss of service appears to be devastating for some users

The outage created a frenzy on Twitter, as many users shared their frustrations at not being able to communicate with their friends and family.  Problems appeared in Europe and South America first, but spread to the United States with many Americans saying they cannot make calls

The outage created a frenzy on Twitter, as many users shared their frustrations at not being able to communicate with their friends and family. Problems appeared in Europe and South America first, but spread to the United States with many Americans saying they cannot make calls

A Facebook spokesperson declined to specify the nature of the outage, only saying it was a “network error”.

“Some people may have had problems with the images in our family of apps due to a network error,” a Facebook spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

“The problem has been solved and we are operational again. We apologize for any inconvenience. ‘

A spokesperson said the network problem was not related to higher than usual Internet use – an influx that caused other widespread outages.

The spokesperson declined to specify the nature of the “network error” and said the company does “generally” [go] in this level of detail ”on these issues.

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