Instagram users from around the world are reporting that their accounts have been suspended without any reason. Owned and operated by Facebook’s parent company Meta, Instagram is one of the world’s largest and most popular social media platforms, with around one billion monthly active users as of 2022. The app is especially popular in the U.S. and India, with 159 million and 230 million users, respectively. The social photo-sharing app also has many users in Brazil, Russia and Indonesia.
Despite having the financial and technological backing from Meta, Instagram, and its sister platform, WhatsApp has often had connectivity problems, with the latter suffering a massive outage in India last week. The app remained down for most of the day before things slowly got back to normal. Instagram has also often been the target of scams, including a phishing campaign from earlier this year, whereby criminals hijacked people’s Instagram accounts and demanded ransom payments from them to release those accounts.
Instagram is reportedly down for thousands of people worldwide, with social media users complaining that their accounts have been suspended or disabled without any reason. One such user is Simone Richardson (@Similarsimib), who claimed that her Instagram account was suspended for no reason. Her post received replies from multiple users, including @Em_Bowie and @BestBrandFan, who claimed they also suffered the same fate without doing anything wrong or violating any of Instagram’s codes.
Some other Instagram users lucky enough to have retained control of their accounts are also suffering some glitches, with some reporting that they cannot view Stories. Another user claimed they could still access Instagram, but the app has suddenly reduced their total number of followers. Many such stories are doing the rounds on Twitter under the handle #InstagramDown.
The issues seem to have started between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m EST when users started pouring onto social media sites like Twitter to report the problem. DownDetector also appears to show a similar time frame, suggesting that the app started having issues around that time. Instagram has confirmed that it is aware of the problems and assured all affected users that it is looking into the matter. With some luck, things will return to normal for all Instagram users sooner rather than later.
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