Technology: WhatsApp goes down worldwide

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 18:15

WhatsApp has gone down across the world causing problems for thousands of users as the message service crashes.

People across the world are reporting the app has crashed – with thousands taking to social media to complain about the outage.

According to website, outages are impacting users in Europe, South America, Africa and the US.

The service also has a recorder for people to report problems with the app – with thousands flagging up issues within the past few minutes.

WhatsApp last experienced a major outage on New Year's Eve – with users around the globe reporting down-time.

A spokesperson for the app then said: "Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today.

"We're working to restore service back to 100 percent for everyone and we apologise for the inconvenience."

This outage comes as WhatsApp is working on a major update.

The Facebook-owned chat app is testing a new feature that would allow users to pin conversations at the top of the menu within the app.