WhatsApp, a popular messaging platform owned by Meta, is facing a disruption globally with users facing problems in sending and receiving messages.

According to several media reports, there is a sharp spike in users reporting the outage on Downdetector, a website that tracks online outages worldwide. Users from around the world reported the issue.

More than 1.5 billion people across 180+ countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere, Whatsapp said on its Linkedin Page.

WhatsApp has yet to update or make any announcements on its official website or social media platforms including its Facebook and Linkedin pages.

At around 0750 GMT, Downdetector showed over 68,000 users had reported problems in the United Kingdom, Reuters reported. Problems were reported by 19,000 in Singapore and 15,000 people in South Africa, according to the website.

In Malaysia, Whatsapp is trending on social media platform twitter.com. More than 886,000 tweets related to the keyword. Internet users complained about the incidents on Facebook around 3.50pm. The messaging service in the country is back at around 4.27pm local time.

Whatsapp is not only free but also available on multiple mobile devices and in low connectivity areas — making it accessible and reliable wherever you are. It’s a simple and secure way to share your favorite moments, send important information or catch up with a friend. WhatsApp helps people connect and share no matter where they are in the world, according to its Linkedin Page.

“For many people in the world WhatsApp is a lifeline. We’re looking for engineers, designers, researchers, product managers, technical program managers, customer ops, consumer marketing, and more. Come join our teams and make impact at scale,” the company added.

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