LAHORE – The popular messaging service, WhatsApp, faces a major outage early Thursday, preventing millions of users from accessing the app, local media reported.

Users in Japan, Russia, Lebanon, Netherlands, India, Oman and other countries also reported that Whatsapp was down in their countries. Pakistan users are also facing issues as they are unable to send and receive messages through the app.

The website Down Detector showed a huge spike in problems with the app beginning around 2am. Around 43 percent problems are related to connection and 41% are about sending and receiving messages.

Users miffed with Whatsapp crash took to Twitter to highlight the issue.

WhatsApp allows users to message and send photos to one another across different operating systems and platforms, and is considered by many to be a simpler alternative to text messages or SMS.