Facebook investigating WhatsApp outage

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger suffered a temporary outage in India and many other countries, according to reports from multiple users on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. Fred Katayama reports.

(Reuters) – Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger went dark in many places around the globe Friday.

Users in countries ranging from Brazil and Russia to Vietnam and Myanmar reported on social media that WhatsApp was down in their countries.

‘Whatsappdown’ was the top trending item on Twitter in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market.

It was also trending on Twitter in Pakistan, Britain, Germany and many other countries.

Users reported that it gradually came back to life about 30 minutes later after initial complaints.

A spokeswoman for Facebook in Singapore said the company was still investigating what happened.

WhatsApp has gone dark before. It was down for several hours in May.

It’s the world’s most popular messaging service, used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world. Facebook bought it in 2014 for $19 billion.