According to the service status website Down Detector, users began reporting issues just before 8am on Tuesday morning, with more than 12,000 reports posted by 8.30am.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world, and is estimated to have more than two billion active users globally.
The Meta-owned company released a statement just after 9am saying: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible.”
Among the most concerned users of the app are likely to be Conservative MPs – the platform is a widely used tool among backbenchers, Cabinet ministers, and their aides to discuss public messaging and regularly gauge the mood of the Parliamentary party.
And on the day of a Cabinet reshuffle – as Rishi Sunak installs himself as the new Prime Minister – many MPs hopeful of landing a ministerial job will currently be without a vital way of sounding out advisers and contacts on their own chances and the fate of their colleagues.
The app has previously been identified as the communications tool of choice for MPs plotting against their leader, and Boris Johnson is said to have often been sent summaries of key Government information via the app during his time in Downing Street.
In other words, chop chop, WhatsApp – sort it out.
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