WhatsApp is down and users are distraught

Updated 04 May 2017
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WhatsApp is down and users are distraught

JEDDAH: Users of WhatsApp in the Middle East are reporting that the popular messaging app is down and it looks like the interruption is also happening elsewhere.
In the Arab region, some users expressed their disappointment with the service provider, while others posted sarcastic comments on social media. Some said they can now go to sleep.
With WhatsApp not running a status page to alert its users of what is going on, users vented their frustrations via Twitter.
An hour after the messaging service was down just after midnight, the #Whatsapp_is_down and #whatsappdown hashtags were going viral.
Anosh said she only came to know about the interruption when she checked her Twitter account.
Nayef bin Yazeed said Twitter has become an app for social gathering. Whenever WhatsApp is suspended for any technical reason, users rush to Twitter to socialize, he said.
Another Twitter user named Ramad said in jest that the reason behind WhatsApp is down possibly because women are chatting in enormous numbers.
Women should be banned from WhatsApp, she said.
For Nida Abbas, it was like eternity waiting for the messaging service to be restored.

Around the world, news sites were also reporting about users being unable to send or receive chats or even load up conversations. Users also took to witter to vent their frustrations.
“Why is WhatsApp down when you need it most,” Claire Stirling complained.
Aparv teased WhatsApp users to switch to other messaging apps: “For the people who's Whatsapp is down, switch to @Telegram. You'll love Telegram more. It's in league of its own,” he said.
A report by The Independent said the interruption were being reported in western Europe, the East Coast of the US and South America but it could be worldwide. “And there doesn't seem to be any easy way of fixing the issue, which is affecting many of its users and is likely a problem with its servers,” the report said.

WhatsApp Messenger has more than a billion users in more 180 countries, according to the WhatsApp.com.


Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

Updated 17 January 2019
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Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

  • BeIN Sports presenter denounced for talking about politics during the Iran-Iraq clash.
  • Asian Cup Media Committee call on AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports.

LONDON: The Asian Cup Media Committee has denounced the behavior of a beIN Sports presenter during Wednesday’s Group D clash between Iraq and Iran for bringing politics into sports while also commenting on Thursday’s Saudi Arabia-Qatar encounter.
Mentioning politics while broadcasting is against FIFA’s laws and regulations as well as the governing principles of the International Olympic Committee that prohibit misuse of sports for political purposes, the committee said.
The Committee disputed the presenter’s claims on the alleged absence of Qatari fans during the championship, citing the Qatari media delegation’s statements to AFP that the Qatari official delegation did not encounter any problems or obstacles during the championship.
In addition to that the committee also cited the Asian Football Confederation’s statements that showed up the Qatari channel presenter’s allegations of on the absence of Qatari fans as false.
The Committee affirmed that all efforts were being made during the championship to ensure the smooth attendance of fans supporting their national teams at the tournament taking place across the UAE.
The Committee called on the AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports, affirming that it reserved the right to take all necessary legal action in collaboration with authorities concerned against the channel and its presenter.