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WhatsApp has crashed around the globe, leaving users unable to send messages.
According to the website Down Detector, the problem hit both iOS and Android users.
Messages - App - Users
Messages failed to send and the app would not load, according to affected users.
However, the technical problems did not appear to be affecting every user of the site, with some able to get onto both the app and its desktop and web versions.
Downdectector - Users - UK - Europe - Hit
According to downdectector, users in the UK and Europe were worst hit.
Around 8,000 reports from as far afield as Rio, New York and Moscow, as well as a host of European capitals, have been tracked by the downdetector website which monitors connectivity.
Deluge - Complaints - GMT - Cent - People
The deluge of complaints began at around 6pm GMT, with 58 per cent of people reporting problems with connectivity, 22 per cent saying they could not receive messages and 19 per cent having difficulties logging in to the app.
Many users later reported the site was back up, with complaint numbers dropping dramatically around 30 minutes later.
Day - WhatsApp - Users - Message - People
It comes a day after WhatsApp announced it is limiting users from sending the same message to more than five people or groups in its latest move to crack down on the spread of misinformation on its platform.
Before the new policy, users could forward messages up to 20 times.
July - Media - Message - Forwarding - Times
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