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WhatsApp users were left unable to send messages on the Meta-owned service yesterday afternoon, as a timer appeared on their messages and the texts failed to send. The issue follows a similar outage of other Meta services Facebook and Instagram in March. The problem started just after 2pm EST, with users reporting connectivity issues on Down Detector. Meta confirmed the issue through a status page for its business APIs, acknowledging that APIs connecting to Facebook Messenger and Instagram were also affected.

Despite reports of users being unable to send messages, the outage was not caused by a hack. Instead, Meta quickly assured users via X, formerly Twitter, that they were working on a fix. The problem was resolved by just after 4pm EST. WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging services globally, with over 2 billion active users. While outages are rare, this one was particularly significant given the service’s widespread usage. The last WhatsApp outage occurred in 2022.

The impact of the outage was felt by users who rely on WhatsApp for daily communication. While alternatives like Signal exist, many users stick to WhatsApp due to its popularity among friends and family. The frustration among users was evident on social media platforms like Twitter/X, highlighting the importance of reliable messaging services. Despite the negative optics of the outage for Meta, the fact that services were restored within a couple of hours was a positive outcome for affected users.

The outage of WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram services in recent months raises concerns about the reliability of Meta-owned platforms. Users may start considering alternative messaging services as a result of these recurring outages. However, Meta’s prompt response to the issue and quick resolution suggest a level of preparedness to address such incidents. It remains to be seen if Meta will take further steps to prevent future outages and maintain the trust of its user base.

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on digital communication, the reliability of messaging services like WhatsApp is crucial. With billions of users relying on such platforms for everyday communication, any downtime can have significant consequences. The recent outage serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining robust infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted service delivery. Users are advised to stay informed about service status updates and take precautions to mitigate the impact of potential outages.

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