WhatsApp Suffers Major Network Outage Following Facebook Purchase

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OTT messaging service WhatsApp suffered a major network outage on Saturday just days after it had agreed to be bought by Facebook in a $16 billion deal.

The service was unavailable for more than three hours, after it said it was suffering unspecified server issues.

"WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime ... ," the company said in a tweet from its status account just before 11pm GMT.

The outage will prove embarrassing considering that it had just agreed to an exceptional deal to be bought by Facebook.

It's not currently known how many of its 450 million customers were affected by the service disruption. However, the outage will raise concerns that a telecoms company with such a huge customer base lacks apparent regulator oversight and wont be held to account over the service failure in the way any other regulated telco would be.

The last major outage the company suffered took place in December 2013.

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