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WhatsApp goes down during Zuckerberg's Facebook show

WhatsApp goes down during Zuckerberg's Facebook show

WhatsApp - the world's most popular and used messenger was down and unavailable for several hours yesterday. If that wasn't bad enough, it happened exactly when Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was announcing some good and bad news. 

WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messengers in the world. Last night, the service, which is owned by Facebook remained silent for several hours. The outage began around 1 am Pacific Standard Time and lasted about two hours. Over 20 million WhatsApp users in the US and millions across the globe were unable to send or receive messages. Many users sought refuge over Twitter, causing the hashtag #whatsappdown to trend worldwide. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg probably wasn't all too pleased about the outage, much less about its timing. At the time, Zuckerberg was busy presenting Facebook's quarterly figures. At first glance, they look good, profit and sales have risen strongly - the bottom line is a profit of over $3 billion. For the rest of the year 2017, however, Facebook is of the opinion that advertising revenues will barely increase, while company costs will increase significantly. Compared to 2016, Zuckerberg expects between 40 and 50 percent more expenditure. The bleak prospects for the rest of the year also drove down share prices at Facebook.

Did you notice the WhatsApp outage? Were you affected or do you use another messenger?

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  •   31
    Deactivated Account May 4, 2017

    never used WhatsApp, it was never "free" same goes for Facebook.
    "if you're not paying for the product YOU are the product.."

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  • yeah, whatsapp is so obvious today i didnt even know when this happen.


  • Never noticed it. Things like this can be a life-saver if you are in lots of groups and they don't let you leave.


  •   31
    Deactivated Account May 4, 2017 Link to comment

    never used WhatsApp, it was never "free" same goes for Facebook.
    "if you're not paying for the product YOU are the product.."


    •   10
      Deactivated Account May 4, 2017 Link to comment

      absolutely agree

      MarkDeactivated Account


    • What a wonderful, spot-on comment Paul.

      Deactivated AccountMark


      •   31
        Deactivated Account May 5, 2017 Link to comment

        thanks.. although my entire family and most friends are on Facebook and use WhatsApp would probably​ disagree


    • Mark
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      May 5, 2017 Link to comment

      That is the reason I will never participate in social media.

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      • You could argue that posting here is doing just that.... surely the same concerns are here as they are on FB etc...


      • Mark
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        May 7, 2017 Link to comment

        There is not nearly the amount of privacy issues or data mining going on here than there is in social media sites. Plus we can control the trolls, you can't in social media.

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      •   31
        Deactivated Account May 7, 2017 Link to comment

        social media provides almost unlimited amount of data for social and political engineering.
        if you have Facebook you have been profiled and your personal information is most certainly not yours anymore and is absolutely used in ways that are far from democratic..


      • Mark
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        May 7, 2017 Link to comment

        I know and the amount of information people willing give out just boggles my mind. If you say something to them about they say I have nothing to hide. How little they know how it can be used against them. There is very little privacy today, trying to maintain any level of it is hard.

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