WABetaInfo, which had earlier reported the issue, claims that it has now been fixed. However, until we receive an official statement from WhatsApp we cannot confirm the same. A couple of months ago, Meta-owned apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram faced a global outage for hours that cost the company billions of dollars. where we join the dots to inform and inspire you. Sign up for a weekly brief collating many news items into one untangled thought delivered straight to your mailbox. Meta-owned Instagram has reportedly hit two billion monthly active users, but the photo-sharing platform may not officially disclose these figures as it faces intense scrutiny over its alleged role in damaging the mental health of kids and teenagers.
Initially, it was thought that the issue could be in Apple’s latest iOS update after a user reported that he faced the issue after having upgraded to iOS 15.2. However, other users noted that the crash was not specific to the latest iOS update and was experienced by older versions of the operating system as well.Although only iOS users faced this issue, the app crashes are most likely due to a bug in the application or a server issue from WhatsApp. Even the WhatsApp beta version available through Testflight has been crashing. Nitin Gupta, head of Engineering at WhatsApp acknowledged the problem on Twitter and asked users to launch the app in Airplane mode. We have reached out to Nitin to know whether the issue has been resolved, but we are yet to hear from him at the time of filing this story.
According to a CNBC report, anonymous employees broke this news, saying Instagram reached the 2-billion users’ figure about a week before Facebook changed its name to Meta in October. Instagram hasn’t made its user numbers public since it crossed the one billion monthly active users mark in June 2018. Last week, testifying for the first time at a US Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri defended the platform’s impacts on teens, saying that the photo-sharing platform “quite frankly wasn’t designed” for people between the ages of 13 and 17.