A flurry of WhatsApp down reports have complained about issues with the last seen online status bar as well as connection problems. Down Detector, an independent outage monitor, has observed a massive spike in WhatsApp down reports as of Friday morning. At the time of writing, the website had already registered a peak of more than 4,000 WhatsApp down reports.
73 percent of those affected are reportedly having problems with the last seen feature in the instant messaging platform. Meanwhile, 24 percent have reported connection issues. According to the outage map on Down Detector, WhatsApp issues have mostly been reported in the UK, Europe, and the US.
Several users of the chat app took to Twitter to voice their issues, complaining about how they weren't able to change their last seen privacy settings in the app. "Has anyone else’s ‘last seen’ on WhatsApp been automatically turned off and can’t turn it back on?!" one asked.
"Does anyone know what's going on with #whatsapp? 'Last seen' suddenly says nobody and I haven't changed it," another posted. "Why would Whatsapp remove last seen, online and typing feature," a third chimed in.