Video conferencing giant Zoom is experiencing widespread blackouts, with users in the US and UK reporting problems joining video calls.
DownDetector displays outages in North America and parts of Europe, while Zoom’s own status page reports issues with meetings and webinars. Chat, phone, and other ancillary services apparently work well, but that doesn’t mean much if you can’t use the app for its primary function.
It’s never good for a major service like Zoom to break down, of course, but video conferencing software has become a part of life during the pandemic. A search for complaints on Twitter shows that many people are upset that they miss meetings and classes. It also shows that a lot of people are overjoyed that they miss meeting and class. It’s a Monday, after all, and sometimes a last minute reprieve is all you hope for when you wake up.
Hello, we have received reports from users unable to start and join Zoom meetings and webinars. We are currently investigating and will provide updates as we have them. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please follow https://t.co/aqz5nS7fZY.
– Zoom (@zoom_us) 24 August 2020
According to tweets from Zoom, the company is currently investigating the outages and will provide updates through its social media channels when service is restored. We’ll also be keeping an eye on things and update this story when we know more.
In the meantime: go! Run in the hills! Leave this life for good and never come back!