When the world’s most popular chat app crashed, is it time to rethink?
The story of a little app called WhatsApp, which lost millions of users when it was launched in 2009, is an intriguing one.
The app, which was originally meant to be a messenger for the masses, was sold to Facebook in 2012 for $19 billion.
It has since gone on to become one of the most popular messaging apps on the App Store.
It’s a testament to the power of the internet that people can use WhatsApp and others to talk with people across the world.
But what happens when the app goes down and nobody wants to talk to you anymore?
What if you lose the ability to call a friend or text a friend back?
That’s what happened to several people, including one Canadian teenager who spent $5,000 on an emergency kit and a $15,000 replacement camera because her phone had crashed.
“When I got a message saying I couldn’t make it to school I just assumed it was just the app,” said Sophie O’Brien, 17, of Mississauga, Ont.
“I was really hoping the app would go back up.”
She’s now back at school, and her friends are starting to find out what happened.
“They are definitely worried,” said O’Brian.
“The app crashed a lot.
People were getting messages that were missing text, and people weren’t getting calls or text messages.”
She was among the lucky ones.
But it’s not the only reason she’s in a situation where she and her family have to worry about their safety.
There were a number of other users of the app who didn’t make the same mistake, according to a report from CBC News, but many were not aware that their messaging was being lost or stolen.
In one case, a user of the popular WhatsApp messaging app had a message from a friend that was lost and never recovered.
“If I would have been notified of this it would have saved me a lot of grief and stress,” said another user, adding that the app has been very helpful in helping her reconnect with family.
A group of friends are planning to donate their phone numbers to the family of the teenager who lost their phone, to help her make it through the holidays.
But the issue isn’t just limited to users of WhatsApp.
A report from Canadian newspaper The Tyee claims there are more than 2,000 people across Canada who have lost their personal phone numbers because of the company’s software.
“It’s been devastating for the families and friends of those people,” said Amanda McLean, an assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
“People are feeling abandoned and it’s been extremely hard to come up with solutions.”
In a post on Facebook, McLean said that many of the users are not aware of the potential consequences of losing their phone number.
“We all know it’s a terrible thing to lose a number and it is a terrible way to deal with it, but it’s something that we need to learn to deal in the future,” she said.