The popular social media platform, WhatsApp, has been restored after around one billion users experienced a widespread outage for hours.
The Facebook-acquired app failed to connect on Wednesday at approximately 9pm across their UK, US, and European markets.
The messaging platform released an official statement confirming its successful reboot, but the statement was not explicit as to what had instigated the issue.
A spokesman reported: “Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours.
“We have now fixed the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.”
The problem pertained to a network failure, wherein the app was unable to connect for hours. For users affected by the issue, the app was offline displaying an ongoing ‘connecting…’ status.
WhatsApp experienced a similar issue last New Year’s in which the app crashed, affecting worldwide usage and halting all ability to receive or send messages.
The popular platform was acquired back in 2014 by Facebook for a grand total of $20 billion dollars.
Since then, the app is estimated to be closing in on 2 billion users worldwide.