There were reports of tech problems with the popular messaging application WhatsApp, however, it appears the app is back to full functionality. The mobile messaging application currently has over 1 billion users.
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in India and Pakistan, Russia, almost all of Latin America, most of Africa and the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Is WhatsApp Working Right Now?: Yes — WhatsApp is currently back in service.
WhatsApp has yet to post a status update on their Twitter, Facebook, or website, but after users reported having issues, the app is back up and running.
The most recent status update on WhatsApp’s service Twitter is from 2014.
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform instant messaging and Voice over IP service. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location.
The service uses standard cellular mobile numbers and the application runs on a mobile device, though it is also accessible from desktop computers. Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, but WhatsApp announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale.
All data on the app is end-to-end encrypted, which has been a point of controversy, as the app is used by terrorist groups to communicate.
On February 19, 2014, months after a venture capital financing round at a $1.5 billion valuation, Facebook announced it was acquiring WhatsApp for US$19 billion, its largest acquisition to date.