WhatsApp down, people unable to send messages, media files and more

Yolanda Curtis
January 19, 2020

Some users have confirmed that the problem has been resolved. The users complained they were unable to open attachments, check stories, open photos, GIFs, stickers on the app.

Reports indicate that WhatsApp is facing issues in the India, Brazil, parts of Africa and parts of Middle-East and a larger part of Europe, with the United Kingdom and UAE being the worst hit! The app is also looking forward to providing a payments service soon in various countries.

Map with the approximate distribution of WhatsApp failures worldwide on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

As with most Android applications that reach large amounts of installs, this number does not just include downloads from the Play Store, but also pre-installed copies like Samsung and Huawei has bundled the app with some smartphones in the past, AndroidPolice reported.

More than 500 million people use WhatsApp every day to communicate with their loved ones and others use it for business-related matters.

The WhatsApp messaging app can be seen on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California.

This is the latest of the many outrages, with one incident in March that left users cut off for nearly a whole day. Although, the company is not totally canceling the ad plans for WhatsApp, they are only making it a long term goal because they feel that the app is not yet ready for advertisement or monetizing.

Deliberate internet shutdowns previous year were estimated to have cost the world economy around $8 billion.

Samuel Woodhams, digital rights expert and co-author of the report, told The Independent that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption make it a platform of choice for people trying to exchange information confidentially in turbulent times, like anti-regime protests.

"The shutdown makes it nearly impossible for people to communicate in these situations, which makes it easier for the authorities to keep control of the power", Woodham told the British publication. Area to be active country.

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