WhatsApp was down for some users on Friday night. As of around 11:00 pm, outrages were reported in India, the US, Europe and other parts of the world. Thousands of users reported issues with WhatsApp, according to the outage tracking website Downdetector.com.
Many users complained that they cannot see when their contacts were last online, while others were unable to adjust their security settings. Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook responded to the complaints of the users on Twitter.
As is often the case, many people flocked to Twitter when WhatsApp went down. “We can’t change WhatsApp settings on `My contacts’ for last seen. And we can’t even see online status and typing notification on the bar,” one user tweeted.
Another user posted on Twitter: “Who all aren’t able to change their Whatsapp Last Seen settings? It has automatically switched to “Nobody” and now, the setting can’t be reversed.”
Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service has over 2 billion users worldwide. WhatsApp has 400 million users in India alone, making it one of the most popular messaging platforms in the country. Earlier this week, Facebook and Instagram went down in several parts of the world as thousands of users complained about being unable to send a post or message. In July last year, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down for almost a day.