Update (5:30 pm PT): Instagram has officially announced the resolution of the issue and confirmed the app’s restoration via their Instagram Comms Twitter account: “Instagram is back! Sorry for the trouble – we had a brief outage earlier and resolved the issue that caused it. #instagramdown”
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A Meta spokesperson also provided a statement to Variety, stating, “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, and we’re sorry for any disruption this has caused.”
Earlier: Instagram has experienced an interruption in its service, leading users worldwide to express their difficulties logging in or using the photo and video sharing app on May 21.
“My Instagram,” “Y’all Instagram,” and “My IG” swiftly became trending topics on Twitter once users realized the platform was experiencing downtime. Subsequently, the hashtag “#instagramdown” emerged as the predominant trend.
According to Downdetector.com, a site monitoring app outages, reports of Instagram disruptions began to surge at 3:09 pm PT and have steadily increased since.
Twitter was inundated with pop culture memes reflecting users’ concerns about missing out.
The last significant Instagram outage occurred on Sept. 22.
Meta, the parent company of Instagram, recently unveiled the rollout of their “Meta Verified” subscription service, providing paid users of Instagram and Facebook with a blue check-mark.
“Good morning and a new product announcement: This week, we are introducing Meta Verified — a subscription service that enables you to authenticate your account using a government ID, obtain a blue badge, receive enhanced protection against impersonation by accounts posing as you, and enjoy direct access to customer support,” shared Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Meta, when introducing the new program. “This innovative feature is designed to enhance authenticity and security across our services. Meta Verified is available starting at $11.99/month on the web or $14.99/month on iOS. We will be launching in Australia and New Zealand this week, with plans for expansion to more countries in the near future.”