Whatsapp: This boy is said to have paralyzed Facebook - wrong theory is spreading online

Whatsapp: This boy is said to have paralyzed Facebook – false theory spreads online

This is WhatsApp

This is WhatsApp

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In the past week were Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram down for several hours. Many users were confused and angry because they could no longer access the services.

But what, or rather, who caused the total failure? An unbelievable theory was circulating on the Internet: A boy should be the Facebook empire and with it too Whatsapp have paralyzed.

Whatsapp: Curious theory about total failure – the media suspect 13-year-olds

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A massive disruption to Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram caused astonishment among people around the world on October 4th. The services were not available for several hours. The next day, the messenger and the other services of the Facebook group were running again without any problems. Officially, the disruption was justified by the fact that a main router of the company had failed, and there was also miscommunication between various data centers.


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But as early as October 6th, “The Sun Reporters” reported a much more curious theory of how the failure could occur. According to this, a 13-year-old boy from China, Sun Jisu, is responsible. He is said to have hacked into the company’s security system and thus paralyzed the platforms. But that turned out to be a hoax.

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Whatsapp: Rumor of failure spreads on the network

In a Facebook post, the site “The Sun Reporters” showed a photo of the alleged hacker Sun Jisu. But, as “Merkur” reported, it was a picture of another 13-year-old named Wang Zhengyang. In 2014 he became known as the “hacker prodigy” because he had broken into the digital security system of his school.

However, Wang Zhengyang would be 20 years old by now, making the photo out of date. But how did the mix-up and the strange rumor come about?


This is Whatsapp:

  • the world’s most popular instant messenger
  • Installation runs via the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android)
  • If you don’t feel like sending emojis anymore, you can also send stickers or gifs to your friends
  • In the settings you can set a regular date for a backup – so your data is always backed up
  • belongs to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook empire


It was noticeable that all the media reporting this false assumption referred to a report by the news agency “Reuters”. However, they had never reported about it and only quoted the official statement of the company. How the hoax spread remains unclear. (mbo)

For some users, Whatsapp could basically no longer work

The reason for this is an update that can no longer be installed on outdated smartphones. You can find out which devices are affected >>> here.

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