WhatsApp has acknowledged the downtime in a tweet via its official account. “Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! ” says the tweet.
Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! #WhatsAppDown
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) 1616179261000
According to Downdetector website, the issue started some time around 10.40 pm IST. Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.
Several users on micro-blogging platform Twitter too reported issues with these apps. While Instagram showed error, users were not able to refresh their WhatsApp feed.
At around 10.54 pm, Downdetector showed 21,000-plus users facing issues with WhatsApp. The outage seems to have affected a large number of Instagram users as well. The website showed more than 1.2 million incidents of users reporting issues with Instagram.
The reason for the outage is not clear. Facebook’s gaming unit was the first to confirm the outage in a tweet from its official handle.
There are a number of issues currently affecting Facebook products, including gaming streams. Multiple teams are wo… https://t.co/itDMF6SZoO
— Facebook Gaming (@FacebookGaming) 1616176462000
Facebook services were last down for several users globally in December 2020.