After a two-hour outage which affected several iOS and Android users’ login activities worldwide, Meta-owned photo and video-sharing platform Instagram is now back online.
Meta Platform’s Instagram was down for thousands of users late Thursday, according to a report. Nearly 19,000 users were having trouble accessing the social networking platform Instagram, according to Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform.
The outage affected users mostly from across the US, South America, Asia and Europe. “And we are back! We resolved the issue that caused today’s outage and apologise for any inconvenience,” Instagram said in a tweet.
And we’re back! We resolved the issue that caused today’s outage, and apologize for any inconvenience. https://t.co/2Av4sC4C5B
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) 1663871138000
According to reports, Instagram outage reports were 65 per cent for app crashes, 24 per cent for server connections and 11 per cent for login-related issues.
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Soon after the matter reached the micro-blogging platform Twitter with users sharing memes, Instagram had confirmed the issue and apologised for the inconvenience. “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience, and hang tight!,” read the tweet.
Meanwhile, several users complained about the incident and shared memes which led to #instagramdown trending as a hashtag on the social media site.
People coming to Twitter to check whether Instagram is down again! #Instagramdown https://t.co/pYTPuko1LC
— Patel Meet (@mn_google) 1663864976000
Whenever instagram crash#instagramdown #instagramcrash https://t.co/QTfD7FPk80
— 𝙺e𝚝♡ (@InsanelySsane) 1663864959000
Everyone coming to Twitter after Instagram went down. #instagramdown https://t.co/ChLZKIUuWF
— Meme (@memeisduniya) 1663865313000
Insta people coming to TwitterWhen insta will not open 😂#instagramdownhttps://t.co/MIJpplPwhm
— SATYASAI (@Satyasai_jsp04) 1663865536000
#instagramdownMe calling my friend to check if Instagram is working… https://t.co/bb5MhQVUIk
— HeelFinn (@Afreedali8) 1663865836000
Again Twitter is King!👑😂#instagramdown https://t.co/k3NIAr7ri7
— Rovin Singh Verma (@RovinSinghVerma) 1663865293000
On the other hand, Instagram is currently working on several features including a tool that will protect users from receiving nude and explicit content in their direct messages (DMs) from unknown people.
Meta confirmed to The Verge that such a feature is in the development to protect Instagram users’ privacy.
“We’re working closely with experts to ensure these new features preserve people’s privacy, while giving them control over the messages they receive,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The tech giant said that the technology will not allow it to view the actual messages, nor share them with third parties. Instagram is frequently working on its privacy and security tools as it is one of the most used social networking platform with millions of users, largely consisting teens.