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02/22/2014 04:27 pm ET Updated Feb 22, 2014

UH-OH: WhatsApp, Facebook's New $19 Billion App, Is Down (Update: It's Back)

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This is probably not the best way to start off life under Facebook.

WhatsApp, the simple messaging app that Facebook bought for an incredible $19 billion on Wednesday, is currently down due to server errors.

When editors at HuffPost tried to get on the service, the app fails to connect:

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The app, which has gained 450 million monthly users by casting itself as a cheap alternative to costly SMS text messaging plans, hasn't allowed messages to go through since approximately 2 p.m. ET. Based on Twitter chatter and articles in India and Israel, the outage appears to global.

We reached out to WhatsApp for more details and will update if we get a respond.

UPDATE: After a few hours down, WhatsApp is working again:

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