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Instagram suffered a massive global outage; Here is what caused the outage

Instagram has suffered a global outage today morning. Let’s take a look at what may have caused the outage.

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Instagram is a popular social media platform that allows users to share photos and videos with their friends and followers. Instagram users can also interact with the help of likes, comments, shares and direct messages. Launched in 2010, Instagram has grown to become one of the most popular social media sites worldwide. It is one of the most widely used social media platforms with billions of users. However, sometimes users experience various technical difficulties while using the app which is known as Instagram outage. During an Instagram outage, users may encounter the following issues:

  • Inability to access the Instagram app or website.
  • A problem in loading posts or stories.
  • Difficulty in posting new content or stories.
  • Error while trying to like, comment or share.
  • Challenges in sending messages. 

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The recent Instagram outage

On July 25, 2023, around 8.25 am Instagram suffered a massive outage. Instagram users took to Twitter and other social media sites complaining about Instagram being down. Soon after, #InstagramDown started trending on Twitter. According to the popular website tracking app outages, DownDetector, several users complained about Instagram being down at around 8.25 am. The complaints were at peaked at 8.50 am. Around 52000 users complained about Instagram being down. 

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The reports of Instagram outages were primarily from Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Indore, Nagpur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Imphal. DownDetecor also stated the issues faced by users. Around 42% of users faced problems in accessing their feed, 31% of users were facing server connectivity issues and 21% were unable to login into the app. Some users even found their Instagram accounts suspended. 

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The reason behind Instagram Down

This is not the first time that Instagram or other Meta apps Facebook and Whatsapp have reported an outage. Instagram users reported two outages earlier this month on July 11, 2023 and on July 20, 2023. 

Instagram has confirmed that there has been an Instagram outage this morning, although the reason behind Instagram’s down is still unclear. Instagram can be down due to various reasons. These are:

  • Server Issues: Technology operates with the help of servers and a problem in these servers such as hardware failure, bugs can lead to service disruptions.
  • Maintenance: To improve the performance of its platform MMeta frequently performs maintenance activities. Services can be available during this time. 
  • Technical Glitches: Technical glitches such as bugs or errors in code can also lead to outages. 
  • Software Updates: While rolling out new updates on Instagram users can experience unforeseen issues.
  • Traffic urge: A sudden increase in user activity can also lead to Instagram being down. These can occur during major events or viral trends. 

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This is the third time in a month Instagram users are facing such issues. However, it is possible that Instagram outages can affect only several users and not all of them. To check whether Instagram is down or not you can check the official updates on Twitter or social media channels. The best course of action during an Instagram outage is to be patient and wait for the glitches to fix. 

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