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On Thursday, Meta’s Instagram app appeared to be having technical issues as thousands of users worldwide reported difficulties using the site.
Just after 12:30 p.m. ET, Downdetector, an uptime monitoring website, reported a rise in Instagram complaints. According to the website, more than 24,000 users have reported errors as of 12:54 p.m., with 86% of those suggesting difficulties accessing the app. According to Downdetector, New York and Los Angeles users reported the most issues with Instagram in the United States, even though the problems affected users worldwide, including those in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Reddit users said that it kept crashing when they attempted to open the Instagram app on Thursday. Several users said that when they were able to reopen Instagram, it had changed to an earlier configuration without Reels, which is Instagram’s short video format similar to TikTok.
In October 2021, Instagram, Meta’s Facebook, and WhatsApp services were all unavailable for almost six hours in one of the most protracted outages in Instagram’s history. Since the service was unavailable for roughly 24 hours across several applications, including Instagram, in March 2019, that outage had been the longest for the family of apps developed by Meta.
After a two-hour downtime, Instagram is back up
Following a two-hour outage that prevented hundreds of thousands of users from logging in to their accounts on the app and website, Instagram is back up.
Around 11:45 a.m. ET, the outage started, and it appeared to be resolved by 1:50 p.m. ET.
Users reported they could not access their accounts and, if they could, that the feed was not loading, which affected the iOS and Android apps. It is unknown what caused the bugs.
Tens of thousands of messages lamenting the outage were discovered by users who raced to Twitter to see if others were also experiencing issues with Instagram.
While some users could log into their accounts, they reported that their messages were loading slowly or not at all.
Others also complained that the feed wasn’t refreshed.
While the rest of the world deals with the current outage, Iranian leaders and WhatsApp have blacked out the social networking site.
In response to demonstrations over the murder of a woman in police custody, locals, and the internet, officials restricted access to Meta Platforms on Wednesday, according to internet monitor NetBlocks.
While the rest of the world deals with the current outage, Iranian leaders and WhatsApp have blacked out the social networking site. This is a result of demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who passed away after being arrested.
Mahsa Amini, 22, was killed last week after being detained by morality police in Tehran for wearing “unsuitable dress,” which sparked outrage over problems including freedom in the Islamic Republic and a faltering economy due to sanctions.
Additionally, the leading mobile phone carrier in Iran and another company’s network experienced a “nation-scale loss of connectivity,” according to NetBlocks.
Hours after Instagram’s services were disabled, various internet service providers are now experiencing issues with WhatsApp, according to London-based NetBlocks.
According to the group’s data, internet connectivity has been nearly completely cut down in several areas of the west Iranian province of Kurdistan since Monday. Since the start of the protests on Friday, Tehran, the nation’s capital, and other regions have also experienced difficulties.
Two residents of Tehran and southern Iran claimed that Instagram appeared to be entirely prohibited and that they could only transmit messages and not photographs on WhatsApp.