Thousands of WhatsApp users report problems with app in mystery outage

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WhatsApp seems to be down due to a mystery outage, after thousands of users complained that the app is not working.

At around 7:10pm on Thursday, April 28, nearly 15,000 users had reported that WhatsApp was on the blink.

People complained that they had issues sending messages on the app, while others struggled with server connection.

It's not immediately clear what caused the issue but people have flooded to Twitter to pose the question.

People from all over the UK also informed Downdetector of their issue. The site, that monitors outages on websites, showed a huge spike in reports this evening.

"Facebook / Meta is downloading all our messages again so they can get an edge above Elon and Twitter!" one person joked on the site.

A Twitter user added: "Checking Twitter to make sure WhatsApp is down and it isn’t just me."

"Me being in the middle of a spicy ass convo and WhatsApp shuts down," added another disappointed user.

"Can you make a better version of WhatsApp?" another person said, tagging Elon Musk.

Several people actually called on the tech billionaire to aquire the app, which is owned by Facebook parent company Meta.

"@elonmusk can you make a better version of whatsapp?" wrote one fed up WhatsApper, while another added: "Mr. @elonmusk buy WhatsApp too. The system is down again."

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Another person had a wild theory as to why the app was down. The woman wrote: "Is it just me or since Elon Musk bought Twitter all the other apps been shutting down… more so than usual."

WhatsApp has yet to comment on what has caused the apparent outage.

As of 2021 the messaging app has two billion monthly active users.

The news comes as Musk rival and Meta CEO and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's company is set to report its slowest growth in a decade – as advertisers are looking elsewhere.

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According to Reuters, the social media giant has faced its slowest quarterly ad revenue growth in years, as companies cut back on spending in the wake of rising costs and the war in Ukraine.

Meta's ad revenue is anticipated to have grown by only 8.7% in the first quarter of this year, which would be the slowest growth since 2012 when the company first hit the stock market.

If Meta stock prices continue to plummet, it could mean Mark Zuckerberg will lose billions of dollars as the company's largest shareholder.

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