(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) WhatsApp, one of the world's most popular instant messaging services, suffered a massive service disruption including in Oman on Wednesday, with users facing prolonged delays in sending and receiving messages.
The disruption came just a day after the company said that it had handled 64bn incoming and outgoing messages in a span of 24 hours. It was the second such disruption after WhatsApp was bought over by networking giant Facebook for US19bn.
In Muscat, the service faltered for most of the day before coming back on track late in the evening. Hilal al Wahaibi, an ardent user of the app, said, ''Many users including myself took to Facebook and Twitter to express our frustration.''
Candy Fernandes, a resident of MBD, said, ''It is for the second time since the end of February that we are facing this problem. I call it a problem as people are so used to it now and prefer this to normal text messaging.''
On iPhones, most WhatsApp users were unable to send or receive messages as the service kept trying to connect to the Internet for several minutes, before finally sending the messages.
Users of Android and Windows smartphones, too, were unable to send and receive messages on the instant service. Many of the messages were eventually sent, but recipients complained of lengthy delays.
An e-mail from WhatsApp's IT team said that the service suffered a temporary outage, which was later resolved.