Apple Inc’s iMessage service and video calling app FaceTime were facing issues, the iPhone-maker said on its status page on Tuesday after users reported problems sending and receiving messages.
More than 7,000 users reported issues with sending messages on the app, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.
Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage may be affecting a larger number of users.
#imessagedown was trending on Twitter with over 30,000 tweets and several users posting memes about the outage.
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment.
At this point, it’s not clear how long iMessage will continue to remain down. Considering how far-reaching this problem is, it’s safe to assume that those at Apple are currently looking for a fix to the issue very quickly. Whether or not this means that iMessage could return to normal function within the next few minutes or hours remains to be seen, but it seems likely that a solution will be found before long.
Apple says iMessage problems fixed
Apple said some users weren’t able to use the messaging service between about 11:48 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Eastern.
An issue with FaceTime happened at the same time and has also been resolved, Apple said.
The reported problems come just hours after a WhatsApp outage, which began at around 3 a.m. Eastern and cleared up a couple of hours later, the Associated Press reported.