North Americans may still have a few hours left to get their New Year's phone calls or text messages sent out to their family and loved ones, but halfway around the world, many people who have already rung in 2018 were left in an outrage when popular messaging tool WhatsApp made a decision to malfunction in a big way. Currently, the reason for the outrage is unknown.
Outages tracked by DownDetector began to spike around 9 am Pacific Time, while a WhatsApp spokesperson said outages started around 10:30 am PT.
WhatsApp users across the globe experienced a brief outage on Monday as the wold brought in the New Year amid celebrations and greetings. As thousands of people around the world are now wishing each other a "happy new year".
WhatsApp allows users to send and receive messages, photos, and other information and is considered an alternative to text messages or SMS. According to some social media users, they believe it to be a DDOS attack on WhatsApp servers, which lead the WhatsApp down. "We apologize for the inconvenience", a WhatsApp spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.