World’s one of the most popular social media platforms, Instagram was hit by a major outage a few hours ago, leaving many users unable to refresh their social media feeds.
It marks the third outage among a Facebook-owned company this week: both the main app and Facebook Messenger have been hit by major international outages over the last two days.
The problem appeared to be international, affecting users everywhere in the world. The issues were concentrated in the US, Brazil and Western Europe, according to the website Down Detector, though that is probably because the outage came at night in other time zones.
But it did not appear to be universal, with some accounts and phones able to get onto the app with no issues at all. Some users may have found themselves still able to access profiles and stories by heading to the Instagram website. But that offers a very limited experience, with no proper feed and no easy way to upload new posts.
Others found themselves able to use the app to access some of the website – such as profiles – but not to post or use other features.
Instagram users jumped to Twitter during the outage, to check that they were not the only people who had been kicked out of their feeds.
— Jordan / #reptourmanchester (@jordyalex___) July 13, 2018
— sweetation (@GodisTayandAri) July 13, 2018
*Checks twitter to see if Instagram is not working* pic.twitter.com/bWKbVnHbLa
— Bella (@aelinfireheartx) July 13, 2018
According to DownloadDetector, more than 40,000 people reported Instagram outages Friday afternoon in countries like the U.S. the U.K., Italy, and Brazil. Though the company has not revealed how many people were impacted by the shutdown, a spokesperson has since confirmed it was the result of some kind of glitch. Duh.
“This was caused by a bug that was quickly fixed,” Seine Kim told Deadline.
Hopefully, everyone has calmed down by now.