WhatsApp Suffers Outage for Several Hours

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Just days after it was bought by Facebook, WhatsApp suffered an outage for more than three hours on Saturday.

WhatsApp, which allows users to send texts over the Internet and avoid mobile charges, told its users it was "experiencing server issues." 

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it is purchasing the text messaging service for $19 billion.

Engadget Managing Editor Dana Wollman says the timing is coincidental.

"This is just days after Facebook purchases it for $19 billion, but it might just be that not that Facebook screwed things up but that maybe the service surged in popularity?" Wollman said. "We can't expect WhatsApp to be perfect, but we certainly following this acquisition wouldn't want outages like this to become a regular occurrence."

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