At around 2330 hrs on Tuesday night, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp went down. Users around the world were unable to send or receive messages on the messaging app. The funny thing about this mishap is how many people use Twitter to confirm if WhatsApp is actually down.
— Victor Kagarama (@VictorKagarama) July 14, 2020
WhatsApp Down, Twitter Saves
One of the most annoying things to see on your phone…besides that Diego Chuene person who always tweets “hit like if…” 🚮 WhatsApp though😔 pic.twitter.com/8CS9nhV4Bm
— Vuyolwezizwe (@o_lwezizwe) July 14, 2020
At the time, affected users saw a message stating WhatsApp is “connecting” to the service when trying to send a message. For some of us, it was the dreaded pinwheel that suggests your message has not been delivered.
— Zamancube (@Zama707) July 14, 2020
Regularly when this happens, you switch from WiFi to data. You turn off and reset your phone and do hundreds of things trying to take the blame away from WhatsApp.
— 𐐒rian🇰🇪™ (@BMN_ke) July 14, 2020
Unfortunately, none of these tactics solved the problem. Thus, thousands of people flocked to Twitter to find out if they were the only ones affected. It’s not clear what the cause of these outages has been, WhatsApp is yet to even say anything in regards to the outage. However, past outages have been attributed to configuration errors on their servers.
The issue was resolved within 5 minutes but the topic was already trending on 3rd place within this short amount of time. According to the tweets, it looks like checking Twitter and confirming it on Gadgets Africa is the best way to know if WhatsApp is really Down.
Here are some of the tweets from all over the world showing you just how much of an issue this was.
Whatsapp is down, stop restarting your phone! pic.twitter.com/a7KqJWJd5L
— A meer (@Ameer_toits) July 14, 2020
I have never seen twitter trending on WhatsApp but in few minutes you will see WhatsApp trending here pic.twitter.com/cx7nZHJFxN
— Morwa Sekhukhune (@Danzzy_Daniel) July 14, 2020
— Amit Mishra (@amitmishra98900) July 14, 2020
— Robin Robert ™ (@Peace_Brw) July 14, 2020
Others were already looking into their not so active futures:
— Rhian (@RedDwarfGirl) July 14, 2020