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Instagram is experiencing a worldwide outage where thousands can no longer access the desktop site


Instagram is experiencing a worldwide outage where thousands can no longer access the desktop site or smartphone app. Some believe that the "haven for hate speech" has been abolished

  • The Instagram outage began around 5 p.m. ET and lasted about 7 p.m. ET
  • Problems plagued users around the world – mainly the app and desktop site
  • An error message appeared on the desktop site and the app was not updated

Instagram's desktop site and app were unavailable for around two hours worldwide.

An error message appeared on the social media website and the news feed in the smartphone app was not updated. Some users were unable to log into their accounts.

The outage began around 5 p.m. ET and all issues were resolved by 7 p.m. ET – some users may still have issues.

Users flocked to Twitter to see if others were having problems, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others believed the "haven for hate speech" had been removed.

Instagram's desktop site and app were unavailable for around two hours worldwide. An error message appeared on the social media website and the news feed in the smartphone app was not updated. Some users were unable to log into their accounts

DownDetector, a website that monitors online outages, showed the majority of problem reports citing problems with the website, followed by newsfeeds in the app and logging into accounts.

Major cities in the United States were shown in red on the Instagram outage map, including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas.

Across the Atlantic in Britain, London, Manchester and Belfast had problems.

Reports from Italy, Indonesia, Mexico and Australia have also surfaced.

DownDetector shows that the majority of problem reports include problems with the website, followed by newsfeeds in the app and logging into accounts. Major cities in the United States, including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas, appear to appear "red" on the Instagram outage map

DownDetector shows that the majority of problem reports include problems with the website, followed by newsfeeds in the app and logging into accounts. Major cities in the United States, including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas, appear to appear "red" on the Instagram outage map

Users flocked to Twitter to see if others were having problems, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site, while others felt the "haven for hate speech" had been removed

Users flocked to Twitter to see if others were having problems, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site, while others felt the "haven for hate speech" had been removed

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she got bored with #impeachmentday and moves on to other messages that Instagram is not available. DownDetector reports of problems began around 5:00 p.m. [CET], but the cause or when to restore is unknown

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she got bored with #impeachmentday and moves on to other messages that Instagram is not available. DownDetector reports of problems began around 5:00 p.m. [CET], but the cause or when to restore is unknown

Users seemed surprised that the desktop site and app weren't working properly as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone was having problems – or if they might have been banned.

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she got bored with #impeachmentday and moves on to other messages that Instagram is not available.

While TJ Scott seemed pleased to see an error message stating where Instagram.com should be.

"Looks like the hate speech, Instagram has been shut down," tweeted Scott.

It also seems that users were surprised that the desktop site and app were not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was having problems

It also seems that users were surprised that the desktop site and app were not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was having problems

Not sure if they were having the only problems with the app, many Instagram users turned to Twitter for help

Not sure if they were having the only problems with the app, many Instagram users turned to Twitter for help

Instagram has had frequent outages over the past few months, with the most recent hits in September also having an impact on Facebook.

Issues surfaced around 1:30 p.m. ET on September 17, which took about three hours, and affected Instagram users in the United States, Europe, South America, and Canada.

Facebook's problems weren't as common, but they plagued parts of California, the states of the Midwest, southern Florida, and the northeastern United States.

In Europe, parts of Portugal, the UK, Hungary, Sweden and the Netherlands have had problems with Facebook.

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