Users around the world are reporting issues with the popular messaging service WhatsApp.
Thousands of people have reported problems with sending and receiving messages today across the world today, with Brits among those affected.
Normal text messages and links have not been an issue, but voice notes in particular are suffering.
The website Down Detector has shown a widespread issue in terms of outage.
The worst hit area is Europe, with parts of Asia and South America also facing severe issues.
Several social media users have posted about the impact to their service with the hashtag #WhatsAppDown now trending.
More than 500 million people use WhatsApp each day and many users have taken to social media to air their annoyance.
One user tweeted: “Is it just me or WhatsApp is Temporarily down, cause my photos, GIFs, and voice note fail to deliver. Any other person with this issue?”
Another person tweeted: “WhatsApp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from? #whatsappdown“.
It is the latest series of outages from the Facebook-owned messaging platform following a major incident in March last year which left users cut off for nearly an entire day.
So far it is not apparent if the problem is impacting Facebook messaging services.
In 2019, the app suffered 6,236 hours of deliberate disruption according to a report published earlier this month, which was largely a result of authoritarian governments blocking access to the app.
This result makes WhatsApp the worst-hit platform for internet shutdowns.
The application’s secure encryption and vast user base make it popular among protesters who want to evade authorities during periods of civil unrest.