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Whatsapp users reported Tuesday outages of messaging app

Facebook-owned WhatsApp was out of commission for a time Tuesday afternoon, with many users turning to Twitter to vent. 

Many said they were not able to send or receive messages on the app, which is owned by Facebook and most heavily used internationally.

Affected users may have seen that WhatsApp was “connecting” to the service when trying to send a message.

However, Whatsapp us back online. “Earlier today, an internal update made to our WhatsApp servers caused some people to have trouble sending messages," says Facebook, which owns Whatsapp. "We quickly resolved this issue for everyone and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Downdetector reported nearly 20,000 outage complaints. Facebook says some 2 billion people use the Whatsapp service.

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