WhatsApp down trended heavily on Twitter on Sunday afternoon with over 35,000 tweets on users being unable to send screenshots, pictures, videos, and other media. The problem, however, seems to have resolved now.
“WhatsApp is unable to send images, videos, GIFs, audio and stickers,” said the WABetaInfo account that usually tweets the latest news and updates about the Facebook owned free messaging platform. “I haven’t been able to send pictures, videos or even screenshots since afternoon. But I thinks it is working now,” said another user. Some users have even reported problems in sending out and viewing status updates.
WhatsApp had faced a similar outage in Juky 2019. Millions of users across the world had complained of a peculiar outage, which wasn’t allowing users to download images and videos. The WhatsApp outage had then led to the circulation of fake messages that PM Narendra Modi would ask users who did not circulate the message to start paying to use the free messaging platform.
Nevertheless, such messages are clearly created by mischievous elements to create panic as any official announcements are made through proper channels such as social media accounts of the platform, websites and other such indigenous means. Circulation of such fake forwards could also be classified as violation of terms and services of the free messaging platforms, leading to temporary or permanent ban on accounts.