Instagram app and website down across globe


Social media platform Instagram was down across several countries around the world.

People were prevented from posting pictures of their breakfast on Wednesday after Instagram went down for about an hour from 8am BST.

Several cities, including London, San Francisco and Singapore reported an outage.

Its app displayed the Instagram name and icons at the bottom but the rest of the page was blank with a message saying “couldn’t refresh feed”.

On the website there was just a white page with “5xx Access Error” on the top right hand corner.

Instagram's website displayed an error message
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Instagram’s website displayed an error message

Facebook Inc, which owns the picture sharing platform, was not immediately available for comment.

Users were forced to switch social media platforms as they tweeted their annoyance at Instagram being down.

One person tweeted: “I was on Instagram and suddenly it couldn’t refresh feed! I was scared!!!

“I though I was hacked. Worst night ever!”

Instagram's app was blank during the outage
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Instagram’s app was blank during the outage

Mahadi Hossain said: “Instagram is down, your cute cat photo will have to wait.”

Another said: “How to live without Instagram?”

DowDetector’s live outage map showed parts of North America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, India, Singapore and other countries were facing issues with the service.

The global outage comes a week after Instagram’s co-founders announced they are quitting in the next few weeks, eight years after launching the popular platform.

Chief executive officer Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, chief technical officer said they will step down to “explore our curiosity again” – six years after being bought by Facebook.

On Monday Instagram announced long-term insider Adam Mosseri will take over as the new head of the app.

The app has more than a billion active monthly users and has grown by adding features such as messaging, stories and short videos.

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