WhatsApp temporarily vanished from Google's Play store without explanation

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WhatsApp, the hugely popular encrypted messaging app owned by Facebook, temporarily vanished from the Google Play store.

WhatsApp’s sudden absence was first noticed Friday morning by the WhatsApp-focused blog WABetaInfo, and Business Insider was able to confirm that the app had disappeared from the Play store on Android and the web. The company-focused WhatsApp Business did not vanish, and its main app also remained available on Apple’s iOS App Store.

WhatsApp vanishedBusiness InsiderWhatsApp was not discoverable during the downtime.

WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion monthly active users. A company spokeswoman declined to share a breakdown of the number of iOS users versus Android users.


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Roughly an hour and 40 minutes after it vanished, WhatsApp reappeared on the Play store.

It is possible WhatsApp’s disappearance was the result of a bug. Neither WhatsApp nor Google was immediately available to comment on why it went down.

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