Messaging platform WhatsApp suffered an outage this morning with users around the world taking to social media to complain that they were unable to send or receive messages on the popular Meta-owned platform.

During the outage, users could still access their conversations, but the app failed to deliver new messages, or send any that they attempt to send.

According to the service status website Downdetector, users began reporting issues with WhatsApp at just before 8am, with more than 12,000 reports of issues reported to the website by 8.30am.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms around the world and is estimated to have more than two billion active users globally.

The platform's parent company, Meta, which also owns Facebook and Instagram, has not yet commented on the issue.