Venmo Experiences Outage after Super Bowl
Shortly after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, mobile payment provider Venmo experienced an outage that left users unable to send money to one another. The company reached out through Twitter to say, “Our payments are experiencing some slowness but we’re working hard on a fix. Hang tight!”
The services were restored two hours later, and Venmo told consumers via Twitter to alert them if any slowness continued during the night. The company did not specify what caused the crash, but many suspect it was due to a high volume of money being sent through the app to pay for Super Bowl bets.
Venmo is one of the most popular mobile money transfer programs, allowing users to send money to one another through their phones at any time. Paying off personal debts is not the only use of the app. Venmo users often send money to pay for food, drinks, etc., which could have also contributed to the large volume of mobile transfers on Super Bowl Sunday.
For now, the app is up and running as normal, and there are no signs of a hack or data breach that may have caused the slowness. Venmo issued an apology for the temporary outage, but their engineers were able to fix the matter in a fairly short period of time.