November 30, 2017 / 7:58 PM / 17 days ago

WhatsApp service resumes after worldwide outage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular messaging app WhatsApp said on Thursday that users around the world had been unable to access its service for a brief period, but that access for its 1 billion daily users had since resumed.

The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

    The outage was most acute in northern Europe and Brazil but lasted less than an hour, according to, which tracks disruptions across telecommunications services.

    California-based WhatsApp, which Facebook Inc (FB.O) purchased for $19 billion in 2014, is among the most popular messaging services in the world.

    Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Marguerita Choy

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