Instagram, the popular Social Media platform was down on May 21st, Sunday, and is now back. Instagram was back up for most users, the Meta platform stated on Sunday, after a technical issue that disrupted services to numerous users had been resolved.
As per a statement by a Meta spokesperson, “Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Instagram. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted.”
However, Instagram did not reveal the number of platform users affected by the sudden disruption. As per Outage tracking website ‘Downdetector.com’ more than 100,000 incidents in the United States, 24,000 in Canada and over 56,000 in Britain were reported. 180,000+ users reported the issues of not being properly able to access their Instagram handle at the peak of the outage.
As per several reports, the outage started at around 3:00pm PT and the outage lasted for quite some time. During this outage phase which caused frustration among people, several users took to Twitter and complained about being unable to log in, post pictures, reels or even view their feed. As more and more people took to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the outage, Instagram eventually acknowledged the outage on the bird app and tweeted that “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” Lastly, Instagram was back up and running by around 7:00 PM PT.
This is not the first time that the social media platform has experienced such an outage. In recent times, Instagram has witnessed numerous such outages. In 2019, Facebook and Instagram both went down for six hours, affecting millions of users around the world.
Additionally, Twitter, in 2020, went down for more than an hour, causing widespread disruption.These outages are a reminder that social media platforms are complex systems that can be vulnerable to outages.
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