Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report issues
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Instagram appears to be down for users in the UK as of approximately 4pm today, according to outage website Down Detector. Current reports suggest the outage may also be taking place across other parts of the world.
Why is Instagram down?
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has not yet made a statement regarding the outage.
It is currently unknown how long the outage will last for.
Whatsapp and Facebook, all of which are part of the same company, has also gone down.
When trying to access the Facebook website, there is an error message that says that the browser can not connect.
The WhatsApp and Instagram apps still continue to load, but do not show new content.
This includes sent and received messages during this period.
Has Instagram been hacked?
The reason for the outage has not yet been revealed.
Outages on huge social media sites like Instagram are rare, but this is not the first time the network has gone down.
For example, in 2019 the site suffered a huge outage – and said only that it had “triggered an issue” during “routine maintenance operations”.
Outage tracker Down Detector, which compiles reports of outages among real-time users, has now reported more than 29,000 instances of the site not working.
The first outages were reported at 4.14pm today, before quickly climbing as users realised there was an issue with the site and app.
According to the site, 51 percent of these users have reported issues with app, and a further 23 percent have reported an issue with Instagram.com.
A heat map published by the website shows reports have been filed throughout the UK.
While Instagram has not yet announced the cause of the site going down, its owners Facebook, which is also currently down, have tweeted: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app.
“We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Website outages are uncommon, but when sites do go down it can cause mayhem, especially when essential news services go down.
In June 2021 a massive server outage took down several news and shopping websites, including the Guardian, Amazon, Reddit, and GOV.UK.
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