Instagram is DOWN: Social media app crashes for frustrated users around the world
- Facebook’s popular photo app crashed for users worldwide on Thursday
- But the reason for the outage is unclear and Instagram has yet to resolve the issue
- Users have flocked to Twitter to share the various issues they’ve been having
Instagram seems to be down for many frustrated users around the world.
More than 6,000 Instagram users reported problems with the app on Thursday afternoon, according to DownDetector.
MailOnline has reached out to Facebook, owner of the photo-sharing app, for comment.
Instagram users flocked to Twitter to share their frustrations and to check if other users were experiencing the same issues.
While the reason for the outage remains unclear, 51 percent of those who reported problems said they couldn’t access the app, 29 percent said they had server problems, and 21 percent said they had problems with the Instagram website.
It is one of the most popular social media apps in the world but it seems that Instagram has crashed
More than 6,000 Instagram users reported problems with the app on Thursday afternoon, according to DownDetector
The Instagram outage appears to be affecting users around the world, with reports in the UK, France, US and Portugal
#instagramdown is now trending on Twitter, which is often the first port of call when users are unable to access an app.
One Twitter user said:: ‘I really thought I was having problems with my internet connection. #instagramdown.’
Another tweeted: “I deleted Instagram to find out everyone on Twitter is having the same problem.”
Downdetector collects reports of outages from multiple sources, including Twitter and reports submitted on its websites and mobile apps.
The website shows that the number of Instagram outages started to rise significantly just after 8am BST and peaked after noon.
‘The only two apps that don’t disappoint me’: Instagram seems to be getting a reputation for malfunctioning
@lheria3 tweeted: ‘I really thought I was having problems with my internet connection.’ Twitter is often the first point of contact when users cannot access an app
Instagram appears to be gaining a reputation for outages, following other incidents earlier this year.
In June, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram – all of which are owned by Facebook – all went down, affecting more than 1,000 people in countries including the US, Morocco, Mexico and Bolivia.
March saw further Instagram outages, including one on March 26 that hit a number of major US cities, including New York, Seattle and San Francisco, as well as others around the world such as the UK, China and Australia.
Instagram launches crackdown on fake accounts with new feature that gives users more information
Instagram has cracked down on fake accounts and introduced a new feature that shows users information about who is really behind a username.
The photo-sharing app’s more than 1 billion users will now be able to evaluate the authenticity of accounts, weeks after parent Facebook rolled out similar measures in an effort to remove fake accounts on its social media platform.
The “About This Account” feature allows users to see which ads an account has, the country where the account is located, username changes in the past year, and other details.
For more information about an account, go to their profile, tap the menu… and select “About this account.”
There you’ll see the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the past year, and any ads the account is currently showing.
Instagram also plans to significantly increase the number of verified accounts for public figures, celebrities and global brands.
Along with the account username, applicants must provide full real names and a copy of legal or business identification.
Instagram also said it will allow the use of third-party apps such as DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication to help users sign in to their accounts securely.