Is Instagram Down? Social Media Platform Unavailable for Many Worldwide

People around the world were having trouble accessing the photo-sharing app Instagram Tuesday.

Downdetector reported a spike in complaints of Instagram being offline for them, with thousands of people reporting problems with the app. The spike in complaints was reported in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Japan and more.

This current outage is seemingly part of a trend from the app. A ToolTester report from September 2021 looking at outages over the past year found that Instagram was the social media platform with the most outages in the U.S. and U.K., with 192 outages, Social Media Today reported. Twitter, which ranked second, had less than a third as many outages in the same time period.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Meta, Instagram's parent company, said the issue was fixed.

"Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Instagram," the spokesperson said. "We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

In October of last year, Instagram announced a feature that is meant to notify users of any technical difficulties or outages the app is experiencing. However, it appears many have not received this notification, as people flocked to Twitter under the hashtag #instagramdown to make sure the app was truly down.

Some even tweeted GIFs of people running to describe them rushing to Twitter to check on Instagram's status. According to Instagram's October announcement, the feature is not meant to inform people every time there is an outage, but added that "when we see that people are confused and looking for answers, we'll determine if something like this could help make things clearer."

According to the ToolTester report, the "biggest culprit" for outages in the U.K. was the app's newsfeed, which was responsible for 83 percent of the country's issues with Instagram. In the U.S., the newsfeed not loading was the main issue in 71 percent of outage cases. Problems logging in and issues on the website also occurred.

Social Media Today suggested the issues could be caused by the app being overloaded with new features like Instagram Stories, Reels and IGTV, though it also said increased usage could be causing the problems.

Statistics from Downdetector show Instagram also experienced issues last month, with 61 percent of users reporting the app was down and another 28 percent reporting the website was down. Facebook, which owns Instagram, also experienced an outage at the beginning of the year, with 85 percent of people complaining they could not access the website, Rising Candle reported.

The Instagram outage comes a week after Apple reported problems with messaging, iCloud, Apple Music and more of its technologies. Other companies such as Slack and Netflix also experienced issues earlier this year.

Update 03/29/22 2:50 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information and background.

Instagram Down Around the World
Instagram is not working for users around the world. Above, in this photo illustration, the social media application logos for Twitter, Google, Google+, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are displayed on the screen of an Apple iPhone on October 8, 2018, in Paris, France. Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images