Instagram, a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Meta, was down for thousands of users globally on Wednesday, according to the outage tracking website Downdetector.com.
More than 46,000 users faced issues in accessing the photo-sharing platform in the United States at the peak of the outage, reported news agency Reuters citing the website. The website tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.
Downdetector showed about 2,000 users were affected from the UK, and more than 1,000 users reported outage each from India and Australia.
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Users also took to the social media platform Twitter to report the outage. Some of the users also cracked jokes saying users are now coming back to Twitter.
Thanks Twitter for confirming it’s not me just being banned again #instagramdown
— Noa Lindberg (@NoaLindberg) March 9, 2023
Everyone coming back to Twitter after finding out Instagram is down pic.twitter.com/4NaxNFjN4e
— ً (@futurexo) March 9, 2023
Me wondering if it’s my phone not work or just Instagram being down again . #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/URJdh93qJl
— SpecsB (@TheGreatCvnnon) March 9, 2023
Instagram is yet to comment on this outage, but such outages have become increasingly common for Twitter. Last month, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram remained unavailable to thousands of users worldwide. At the peak of the outage, Facebook users reported more than 11,000 incidents, and Instagram users reported about 7,000 cases, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com, reported Reuters.
The company had said that a technical issue disrupted services for thousands of users. “A technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing our products. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible,” a Meta spokesperson told Reuters.
Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.
The glitch in the social micro-blogging site appeared as Twitter’s chief Elon Musk has reduced the staff since taking over the business in October, raising questions about the service’s survival with fewer engineers.