The news: Meta’s messaging app WhatsApp suffered a significant outage for two hours on Tuesday that prevented users around the globe from sending or receiving messages on the platform, per Insider.
Outage outrage: 70,000 reports of loss of service were filed with Down Detector, which tracks global outages, as early as 3 am EST. Sixty-nine percent of users in the US, the UK, India, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong couldn’t send messages, 24% had troubles with server connections, and 7% had problems with the overall app.
Is the grass greener? WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world, with over 5 billion downloads and 2 billion active users, per BusinessofApps. But it’s not the only messaging option available.
The overburdened internet strikes again: The outage was reminiscent of a larger Meta-wide outage last year that left 3.5 billion global users and businesses disconnected and cost the social network $164,000 a minute in revenue.
Dark days for Meta: WhatsApp’s latest outage comes at a critical time for Meta. The company is preparing for its Q3 earnings weeks after CEO Mark Zuckerberg pitched his vision for a more business-focused metaverse.
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