Whatsapp for two hours offline

calculated during the annual press conference of Whatsapp parent company Facebook the measuring narrow service by a disturbance was affected. It lasted about two hours. About 1 o’clock in the morning, the service was again available. Whatsapp confirmed the loss, called but no details. According to downdetector.com the disorder was especially users in Central Europe. Most error messages, the service received by users from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux countries.

 Whatsapp: outage lasted two hours (screenshot: ZDNet.de)

the messaging app of the Germans most popular by far is

WhatsApp. This is the result of a representative survey carried out on behalf of the digital Association BITKOM from last year . Therefore use 63 percent of Internet users who communicate via Messenger, the app of of subsidiary of Facebook.

biggest competitor is that Microsoft Skype with a share of 16 percent. 15 percent on the third rank is Facebook’s in-house rival Messenger. Taken together the messaging offerings by Facebook dominate the German market so with a share of 78 percent. “

 WhatsApp leads the German market for Messenger-apps with a share of 63 percent (image: BITKOM). on the other courts follow Apple iMessage with 9 percent and Google hangouts with 5 percent. The popular mainly among young people in the United States according to BITKOM service Snapchat came in the survey see 1023 Internet users aged 14 and over to two percent. Equipped with special security features apps like Threema, telegram and signal had not prevailed, however, still. One reason for this is that the big vendors have also improved the security of their services. End-to end encryption offer, for example, WhatsApp and iMessage.

a total 69 percent of Internet users use currently regularly a short message service. In younger people, the proportion is significantly higher than for older users. A common method of communication are Messenger 82 percent of 14-up 29 and 81% of 30-49 year olds. In the 50 to 64 years shrinks to 59 per cent. In the so-called generation 65-plus only 28 percent rely on messaging services.

Whatsapp: criticism by consumer protection agencies

the narrow service repeatedly reaps criticism by consumer protection agencies. In January sued the consumer Center Bundesverband (vzbv) has the Facebook subsidiary in the land Court of Berlin. She accuses Whatsapp illegally to collect data for the part, to save and to pass on to Facebook. In August 2016 entered into force new terms of use and privacy policy of WhatsApp are triggers.

(Logos: Facebook) in September, the consumer advocates had warned from WhatsApp. You criticize that defers the company with the transmission of personal information such as phone numbers of previous commitments. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself had assured explicitly that there will be no Exchange customer data between the two companies. The new data protection directive by WhatsApp but should pave the way for companies, which want to contact its billion users worldwide. Better the users to be able to adapt to advertising, the Messenger wants to more closely cooperate with Facebook and compare in particular the user database of both via the telephone number.

April end the Verwaltungsgericht Hamburg a has confirmed arrangement of Johannes Caspar Hamburg Commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, which may Facebook not of WhatsApp users and data store. According to the Court, the social network does not have the “valid consent required” WhatsApp users. Facebook’s motion to dismiss the Attorney’s Office rejected it.

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