Question of the day:
Is WhatsApp not working?
— Sundar Waqar (@sundar_waqar) July 3, 2019
If you’ve spent the better part of today reconnecting your wi-fi, restarting your phone and refreshing your apps in order to get WhatsApp to start working, you’re not alone.
You’re probably getting this message on your phone.
Is it just me or is everyone facing this error on whatsapp? It occurs on trying to download any sort of media. pic.twitter.com/NHAMhlFIFr
— Procrastination (@kaaaliaandhi) July 3, 2019
or this one
— What a Country (@abroad_minded) July 3, 2019
Don’t worry, it’s not just you. The instant messaging service has been down globally all day, along with Facebook and Instagram. Basically, today is not a good day for social media. One thing to note, as this Twitter user put it, is that this is apparently the FOURTH time this year this has happened!
It's the 4th time this year. (in Pakistan)
I wonder what they're upto. https://t.co/I7KGRFPCJE
— Khanzada (@ZaeKhanzada) July 3, 2019
Pakistani Twitter, AKA the country’s goldmine of humor, is ALL OVER IT, especially since Twitter is one of the few social media networks not affected.
Whatsapp: Dead 😦
Instagram: Me too 😑
Facebook: So do I guys 😕
— м ι ѕ т e r α ℓ í (@mr_ali_jan) July 3, 2019
— 𝕬𝖑𝖞 𝕾𝖍𝖆𝖍🇵🇰💞🇹🇷 (@sagittarius_aly) July 3, 2019
Most people compared it to Pakistan’s chances of reaching the cricket World Cup semi-finals (also down FYI)
Pakistan world cup main, down.
Ye kya zindagi hai?
— فاطمہ (@iFatimaAlAsadi) July 3, 2019
Apparently both WhatsApp and Pakistan’s chances of going into Semis are down at the moment :/
— Ibraheem Ahmad (@MirzaIbraheem) July 3, 2019
Whatsapp is down.
Pakistani fans are down.
— Hamna Baig (@Hamxx4) July 3, 2019
Twitter down, whatsapp down, insta down, NZ down aur ab Pakistan ka world cup down. Din hi manhoos hai aaj.
— R. (@AjeebBaatHay) July 3, 2019
WhatsApp takes down it service to stop the traffic anticipated after Pakistan’s exit from the World Cup.
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) July 3, 2019
Some people were just plain sad.
"Whatsapp down, Facebook down and Instagram down"
— Faiza Hanif ♍ (@22Faizahanif) July 3, 2019
I'm down 😔
— Ahsan Kashmiri (@manhoosbilli69) July 3, 2019
While Facebook has yet to release an official statement (they can only do it on Twitter right now LOL) a number of news websites have reported that the systems are apparently down for maintenance. So head outside, read a book, talk to your family maybe? In a few hours, you’ll be sucked back into endless groups, chats, and stories anyway.
How has the outage affected you? Let us know in the comments below!
Cover image via Twitter