Instagram is back up and running after worldwide outage

Instagram’s desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe.

The social media’s website showed an ‘error’ message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app – some users were unable to log into their accounts.

The outage began around 5pm ET and any issues were fixed by 7pm ET – some users may still be facing problems.

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others believed the ‘hate speech haven’ had been taken down. 

Instagram's desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe. The social media's website showed an 'error' message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app - some users were unable to log into their accounts

Instagram's desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe. The social media's website showed an 'error' message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app - some users were unable to log into their accounts

Instagram’s desktop site and app were down for roughly two hours across the globe. The social media’s website showed an ‘error’ message and news feed was not refreshing in the smartphone app – some users were unable to log into their accounts 

DownDetector, an site that monitors online outages, showed a majority of the issue reports cited trouble with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. 

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

While across the Atlantic in the UK, London, Manchester and Belfast were experiencing problems. 

And reports are also surfaced from Italy, Indonesia, Mexico and Australia.

DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. Major cities in the US appear to be shown 'red' on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. Major cities in the US appear to be shown 'red' on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app and logging in to accounts. Major cities in the US appear to be shown ‘red’ on the Instagram outage map including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others thought the 'hate speech haven' had been taken down

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others thought the 'hate speech haven' had been taken down

Users flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues, as some thought they had been banned from the social media site and others thought the ‘hate speech haven’ had been taken down

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down. DownDetector show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down. DownDetector show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down. DownDetector show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown

Users seemed surprised to see the desktop site and app not working properly, as many flocked to Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing issues – or if the may have been banned.

Maggie Fitzerald joked that she was bored with #impeachmentday and is moving on to other news that Instagram is down.

While TJ Scott seemed to be delighted at the sight of an error message where Instagram.com should be.

‘Looks like the hate speech have, Instagram has been taken down,’ Scott tweeted.

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

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

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

Many Instagram users were unsure if they were the only experiencing issues with the app, so they asked Twitter for help

Many Instagram users were unsure if they were the only experiencing issues with the app, so they asked Twitter for help

Many Instagram users were unsure if they were the only experiencing issues with the app, so they asked Twitter for help

Instagram has been experiencing frequent outages over the past few months, with the most recent hitting in September that also impacted Facebook.

Issues surfaced around 1:30pm ET on September 17, which lasted for roughly three hours, and affected Instagram users in the US, Europe, South America and Canada.

Facebook’s issues were not as widespread, but plagued parts of California, mid-west states, southern Florida and the north east in the US.

In Europe, Facebook was glitching in parts of Portugal, the UK, Hungary, Sweden and The Netherlands.

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