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On Thursday, thousands of users worldwide reported having trouble accessing Meta’s Instagram app due to technical issues.
Instagram complaints peaked shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET, according to uptime tracking website Downdetector. According to the website, as of 12:54 p.m., more than 24,000 users reported errors, with 86% citing difficulties using the app. According to Downdetector, New York and Los Angeles users reported the most issues with Instagram in the United States, even though users in Europe, Asia, and South America were also experiencing problems.
Reddit users reported that on Thursday, the Instagram app kept crashing when they attempted to open it. When some users were finally able to reopen Instagram, they reported that it had changed to an earlier configuration without Reels, Instagram’s short video format that is similar to TikTok.
In October 2021, Instagram, Meta’s Facebook, and WhatsApp services all fell down for a period of time that was among the longest in the history of the popular photo and video-sharing platform. Since March 2019, when the service was unavailable for roughly 24 hours across several applications, including Instagram, that was the longest outage for the family of apps developed by Meta.
After a two-hour downtime, Instagram was restored
After a two-hour outage, which prevented hundreds of thousands of users from logging into their accounts on the app and website, Instagram is now operational again.
Around 11:45 a.m. ET, the outage started, and by 1:50 p.m. ET, it looked to be resolved.
It is unknown what caused the bugs, but customers reported being unable to access their accounts and, if they could, that the feed was not loading, which affected the iOS and Android apps.
When users raced to Twitter to see if others were also experiencing issues with Instagram, they discovered tens of thousands of tweets lamenting the outage.
While some users reported they could access their accounts, many complained that their messages took longer or did not load. Some people also said the feed wasn’t refreshed.
Iranian leaders are currently muting the social networking platform and WhatsApp as the rest of the world deals with the current outage.
According to internet watchdog NetBlocks, access to Meta Platforms was restricted on Wednesday due to protests from locals, online users, and others over the death of a lady while she was in police custody.
Iranian leaders are currently muting the social networking platform and WhatsApp as the rest of the world deals with the current outage. Due to demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who passed away after being arrested.
The death of Mahsa Amini, 22, last week after morality police detained her in Tehran for wearing an “unsuitable dress” has stoked resentment over various topics, including freedom in the Islamic Republic and a faltering economy as a result of sanctions.
Additionally, according to NetBlocks, the leading mobile phone operator in Iran and another company’s network had a “nation-scale loss of connectivity.”
Hours after Instagram’s services were disabled, London-based NetBlocks reported that several internet service providers had impacted WhatsApp’s servers.
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According to the organization’s data, internet connection has been virtually nonexistent since Monday in several areas of the west Iranian province of Kurdistan. Since the start of the protests on Friday, Tehran, the nation’s capital, and other regions have also seen service interruptions.
Two locals from Tehran and southern Iran claimed Instagram appeared to be entirely prohibited and that they could only communicate texts and not photographs on WhatsApp.
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