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(Pocket-lint) - Popular messaging service WhatsApp now seems to be working again.

It went down for more than an hour today, with messaging not accessible for many thousands of uses. It just displayed a "connecting" message at the top of the mobile application for a decent amount of time.

According to outage detection site Downdetector, reports of WhatsApp failing to work started shortly before 8am BST. It was still struggling by 9am, more than an hour later.

Users could see existing chats and use the app, but couldn't send or receive new messages.

There were more than 40,000 reports on Downdetector an hour into the day, which suggested a general outage.

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The reports were split between the inability to send messages and connecting to the server. Some also complained about the app itself.

If you are still experiencing issues, you can submit your own report on the site by heading to its dedicated WhatsApp page.

It is not yet known what the problem with WhatsApp was.

WhatsApp's parent company Meta released a statement at the time: "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," said a spokesperson (via Sky News).

You can track the status of WhatsApp across other social networks too. Twitter users reported the service issues using the hashtag #WhatsAppDown, for example.

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Writing by Rik Henderson.
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