On Friday 3 November 2017, instant messaging app, WhatsApp, experienced some unscheduled downtime in South Africa as well as various other countries across the world.
The interruption occurred at around 10 am CAT and a number of users took to various social media platforms to express their frustrations. Many others took to independent outage reporting website, Downdetector, where over 500 complaints connected to WhatsApp were submitted on the site.
The downtime meant that users could not send or receive any messages, leaving scores of people without their primary form of communication.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the fiasco:
— Hassan Roonjho® (@Hassan_Roonjho) November 3, 2017
— 🙂 (@musicleadsus) November 3, 2017
500 people have already died because Whatsapp is down and they couldn't forward a chain message to 10 people????. #WhatsappDown
— Mcfadden_Gh?? (@mcfaddengh1) November 3, 2017
— Lebzatainment (@Lebza_tainment) November 3, 2017
— Chay (@freak_glee) November 3, 2017
When whatsapp is down and the option of having a normal telephonic conversation sounds too extreme pic.twitter.com/Y9ak34RDLa
— Mayihlome (@MTshwete) November 3, 2017
— Gayatri Gambhir (@gayatri_171) November 3, 2017
2 mins of silence for those who unistalled & then installed WhatsApp again ????#WhatsAppDown
— Amol Tale #TZH (@amolrtale) November 3, 2017
#Whatsapp is down!!!! …. Bet you're all grateful for the 900000000 free SMS' you still get every month….
— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) November 3, 2017
#whatsapp whatsapp south africa is down….now all other apps wanna take advantage,let the games begin
— Muso Somu (@BORWNCARPY) November 3, 2017