Many users across the world have reported that popular messaging application WhatsApp has stopped working for them and they have been unable to send or receive messages.

Whatsapp users in Kenya and other countries across the globe took to Facebook, Twitter and other apps to lament over the Whatsapp messaging app outage stalling their activities.

“We're aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we're working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible," said a spokesperson for WhatsApp parent company Meta Platforms on Tuesday.

The Whatsapp outage is believed to have affected a larger number of global users judging by the number of people who complained about being unable to send messages, videos and photos on Tuesday.

According to Downdetector, 73 per cent of those who complained reported issues with sending messages, 23 per cent had issues with the app and 4 per cent had issues with the web app.

The Downdetector website usually tracks outages on social media platforms by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform.

Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTO/COURTESY

Whatsapp is owned by Meta, the parent company which also owns Facebook and Instagram and is headed by Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who is the Facebook founder.

WhatsApp is one of the most used apps worldwide and most popular messaging app in more than 100 countries and the outage affected communication by many people and firms.

Whatsapp boasts of more than 2.3 billion users across the world, and most companies use it for internal and external communication and business purposes.

Some users opted to have some fun with the outage on the other social media platforms even as other who rely heavily on Whatsapp for their businesses sought alternatives, even as normal services resumed for most Kenyan users at around noon on Tuesday.

Here are some of the sentiments: