The funny image above is only one of the many that were published on the internet to describe what actually happened on the New Years Eve.
WhatsApp, the application that has always had the reputation of being on all the time suddenly got shut down all across Europe, America and Canada. No particular reason was given for this issue exactly by the chat service, but they apologized for the troubles caused and mentioned that they were trying their best to solve the issues, as shown in the picture below.
Another move to inform the people that there was indeed an effort being made to restore the service was done on Twitter, where the company mentioned that they were trying to get their service back online soon.
Many sources around the world have claimed that the service was down because there was a bug within the system of WhatsApp which was causing the crash. Although WhatsApp refused to mention what exactly went wrong, various sources have come up with explanations of why this could have been the case. Some of them even explained that the chat giant was testing a feature that involved video calling, similar to Apple’s facetime, which could have caused the crash. Although it seems unlikely that a mere test could have caused this problem, nothing seems really impossible right now.
This temporary failure of WhatsApp caused a great surge in the number of messages being sent across or calls being made through other apps. Reports state that Telegram and Viber happened to see the maximum rise in usage, while Line was close to follow.
Similar cases of downtime were faced earlier as well. The previous month, the service was shut down in Brazil, owing to a certain row with the government of the country, causing users to resort to other means of communication again. This time as well, the services like Telegram and Viber benefited.