WhatsApp down as millions of users report being unable to send and receive messages

WHATSAPP crashed leaving hundreds of users unable to send or receive messages – and people weren’t happy.

The messaging service appeared to go down at about 9pm with users from all around the world reporting issues.

People trying to chat were faced with a message at the top of the app saying it’s “connecting” while a little circle span around.

The outage appeared to be mainly affecting those in Europe, South America and Africa, according to website DownDetector.

The website shows a graph of reported app failures – with a clear spike at around 9pm BST.

Furious WhatsApp users took to Twitter to complain about the crash.

Some dramatically described it as the “end of the world” while others just wanted to know what is going on.

The app has more than 600 million users worldwide and is the biggest messaging service globally.

WhatsApp is understood to be carrying out a major update which will reportedly allow users to pin a message to the top of a chat.

The last time the app crashed was on New Year’s Eve.

At the time a spokesperson said: “Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today.

“We’re working to restore service back to 100 per cent for everyone and we apologise for the inconvenience.”

WhatsApp was back up and running by about 11pm.

The company is yet to comment.

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