WhatsApp has around 1.5 billion users. The application went down at around 11:30 pm IST, which was later confirmed by outage tracker down detector. The outage was faced on various platforms including iPhone and Android, with some affected users reportedly unable to also log in to WhatsApp.
This comes a day after the messenger app limited the number of times one can forward a message. WhatsApp announced that it is lowering the forwarding limit worldwide from 20 people or groups to just five users to fight “misinformation and rumors”.
WhatsApp has been trying to find ways to stop misuse of the app, following global concern that the platform was being used to spread fake news, manipulated photos, videos without context, and audio hoaxes, with no way to monitor their origin or full reach.