Social media meltdown as Skype faces technical issues

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Robert Kneschke
Picture of elderly couple using Skype.

THE video chatting software Skype sent many of its users into frenzy when it failed to work at 9am this morning.

Skype is an application software that is specially designed to provide video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet to other devices. Users can also send instant messages, share files, images and create conference calls. Much of the service is free, but users require Skype Credit or a subscription to call landline or mobile numbers.

In a statement, Skype-owner Microsoft claimed it had “detected an issue with the status settings” on Skype which show if someone is online or not.

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The Skype support team tweeted,

“We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix.”

In response, many angry Skype users took to Twitter to vent their anger, stressing that they were “angry” and missing out on “work duties.”

The initial problem was that the users were unable to make calls and texts through the software because their status was showing as offline when they were in fact online.

Problems are affecting Skype in several different ways and people may be having problems signing in. However, updates are being applied and should make a speedy recovery.

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