Facebook's new acquisition WhatsApp messaging app down

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 5:08 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Users of WhatsApp reported on Saturday that the rapidly expanding mobile messaging app was down, just days after its acquisition by Facebook for $19 billion.

"Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and recovered shortly," WhatsApp said in a tweet to its more than 1 million Twitter followers on Saturday around 4p.m. EST (2100 GMT).

Five-year-old WhatsApp currently has about 450 million users globally and has been adding a million daily.

Some of those users took to other forms of social media, including blogs, on Saturday to report the outage and vent their frustration.

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Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting By Dave Gregorio)