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However, the Facebook-owned app is now working to restore its services and the inconvenience caused by it. WhatsApp developers believe that the app was going through some technical problems resulting in the breakdown.

When you try to use the official WhatsApp client, users are faced with the message on impossibility to continue the application in connection with the problems encountered in the operation of the service.

Scores of users from India, South Africa and the United Kingdom took to Twitter to voice their dismay.

Twitter user @AdOketch said: "Many people have died due to #whatsappdown because they can't forward the chain message to their 10 friends!"

Independent websites monitoring outages of popular social media services via online conversations and Twitter messages report regular outages for WhatsApp, often one every few weeks, but these are typically brief and confined to certain geographies.

WhatsApp remained shut for about an hour during which users had trouble updating their profile and other details though tings resumed soon afterwards. And this WhatsApp feature was implemented last month, but it is now available on most of the smartphones after the update. This feature has been rolling out to all smartphones using WhatsApp. The magazine quoted a WhatsApp spokesperson saying, "We are aware of the issue and working to resolve it". In May this year for example WhatsApp suffered a major four hour outage around the world. Around 200 million of the messaging app's billion-plus users are based in India. At first, I thought it was a spotty connection, then i opened up Twitter to see everyone asking whether WhatsApp is working or not.