As if Facebook isn’t having enough problems, now it must confront the Great Instagram Apocalypse. At least, that’s how it felt to millions of users this morning when the photo-sharing service went down.
On Wednesday morning, users in many places opened up the app, only to be greated by blank profiles, and on the web, the message: “5xx Server Error.” That left users unable to see their friends’ cat photos, selfies, and delicious food photos,
The website Down Detector was tracking reports of outages in Northern Europe, the U.S. west coast, and Australia.
The outage comes just after Facebook revealed a massive hack last week that affected 50 million users. And just a few days before that, Instagram’s cofounders announced they were leaving the company.
And of course that doesn’t include Facebook’s ongoing battles with fake news, political manipulation, and growing government scrutiny of its privacy policies.
Instagram users were left with no choice but follow the time-honored custom of complaining about the outage on Twitter.
We’ll update with more details. As of yet, Facebook and Instagram have not issued a comment.
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