Date
27 May 2017
Many Skype users were unable to log in or make calls Monday. Photo: Bloomberg
Many Skype users were unable to log in or make calls Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

Skype users shut out around the world

Skype, the popular messaging app, broke down Monday, affecting users around the world.

In a post on its “heartbeat” website — used to monitor how Skype products are performing — Skype said users were experiencing several technical issues, including problems with logging in, calling, changing status, contact list management and updating forum pages.

It said that for users that were already signed in, contacts would show as offline even if they were online, which prevents starting calls.

Complaints about Skype, which is owned by Microsoft Inc., flooded Twitter and Facebook from around 2 a.m. Eastern Time, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Some users said the outage affected Skype services across the world, including the United States, Britain, Australia and Ukraine.

“Skype not working in Japan,” said Sachiko Sasha M on Skype’s Facebook feed.

“Hong Kong cannot login too,” said Josephine Wong, one of the 300 million users worldwide Skype said it had at the end of last year.

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