On Monday morning many users of social messaging app Signal found themselves unable to send or receive messages. The issue has been flagged by people from various parts of the world over the last couple of hours. Messages shared on Downdetector.com indicates that Singal was down for userss from India, US, Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and many other countries.
Following complaints from users the chat platform took to Twitter to explain that they were working to resolve the issue. It was not immediately clear what the issue had been or how long it would take to get things up and running again.
"Hold tight, folks! Signal is currently down, due to a hosting outage affecting parts of our service. We’re working on bringing it back up," read an update.
Favoured by many because of its privacy stance, Signal is widely regarded as one of the safest messaging apps around. But as users joked (or explained with great seriousness) they would be available via other platforms in the meantime.
"Signal is down so if you need to reach me please DM on Twitter, Facebook messenger, Telegram, SMS, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Gchat, or email. I don't love how many different apps there are BUT it is nice to know that people are still reachable in an emergency if their favorite app goes down, " remarked one Twitter user.
Further details awaited.