BEIRUT: Millions of Lebanese and perhaps millions of world citizens have noticed Friday morning that WhatsApp was down for at least an hour.
Users could not send or receive messages on the ubiquitous app because of what had been reported as a server problem.
While the app initially appeared to be working, with chats and contacts loading as usual, once a user started sending chats the app showed a "connecting" message and all traffic stopped.
"It really annoyed me because I was contacting my mom to check on my grandmother's condition, because of her recent surgery," Noura Hoteit, an AUB student told Annahar.
For those who felt technologically challenged - as they say in relationships, "it's not you, it was WhatsApp's that was the problem." While it was down, users kept shutting and reopening the app and receiving the same message.
Thus far, reports of the outage appeared in Europe and the Middle East, but not the US, where many persons are still asleep.
Owned by Facebook since 2014, WhatsApp operates as a separate division and is used by over one billion persons in 180 countries.
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