Trouble chatting on Wednesday? You weren’t alone

WhatsApp went down around the world today, rendering the one-billion-users-and-counting chat service unusable. It does, however, appear to be back online – brace yourself for all those incoming messages.

It was until 8 pm GMT I personally noticed what was going on. I had earlier been in engage in some task so I paid little attention to my phone.

A company spokesperson told Reuters, “WhatsApp is aware of the outage issue and working to fix it,” but offered no further details. There’s no word about today’s outage emanating from WhatsApp’s Twitter account, which hasn’t sent a tweet since August 2016, or its website.

WhatsApp’s woes follow another big internet story on Wednesday: a massive Google Docs phishing attack spread around the web, attempting to trick users into granting access to their Gmail accounts.

Google shut down the attack quickly, though we recommend staying vigilant against suspicious emails. Hey, at least now you can send a WhatsApp message to warn your friends, right?


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