WhatsApp down reports are surging in right now with thousands of users around the world hit by issues with the hugely popular chat app.

Independent outage monitor Down Detector has registered a huge spike in WhatsApp down reports today.

Out of those affected the vast majority (88 per cent) have been hit with WhatsApp connection issues.

While on social media WhatsApp users have reported the chat app is stuck on the connecting screen and isn’t refreshing new messages.

The Down Detector outage map says the WhatsApp issues are mainly affecting users in the UK, US and Europe.

At the peak of the outage so far Down Detector UK has registered over 50,000 reports of WhatsApp down.

While downdetector.com registered a peak of almost 20,000 reports of WhatsApp down today.

As the reported WhatsApp issues hit users took to social networking site Twitter to report issues with the service.

One tweeted: “I restarted my phone 3 times only to come to Twitter and find out that WhatsApp is down #whatsappdown”.

Another posted: “Raise your hand if you restarted your phone more than 2 times #whatsappdown #whatsapp”.

One added: “Who else is here to check if whatsapp is down? #whatsappdown”.

And another wrote: “Me finding out #WhatsApp is down after uninstalling, reinstalling and rebooting my phone”.

Express.co.uk has contacted WhatsApp about the issues users are reportedly experiencing tonight and asked if a fix is in the works.

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular chat app with over two billion users across the globe.

The latest WhatsApp server issues come hot on the heels of other outages that have affected popular services in the past few days.

Just yesterday (Monday July 13) Snapchat users were hit by an issue which caused a black screen to appear when they tried to used the app’s camera.

While last week viral video app TikTok was hit by a major outage that affected thousands of users around the world.

The problems with the wildly popular app saw thousands of users’ likes and video count suddenly disappear.

It sparked fears that TikTok was suddenly getting banned in countries in the West following a widespread block in India.

But thankfully for fans of TikTok in the UK and US this was just a problem that was resolved after an hour or so.