For a couple of hours on Sunday night, Instagram was down. The app feed froze, throwing errors to users saying it couldn’t update, while the website just showed a blank page.
According to the DownDetector cut trackerThe first reports of issues started a few minutes after 6:00 PM ET before increasing to over 175,000 reports at its peak, but by 7:30 PM ET, the issue was resolved and it’s up and running again.
In an email to the edge Following the outage, Meta spokesperson Dave Arnold said: “Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Instagram. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone affected and are sorry for any disruption this has caused.”
The Instagram help page and accounts on other platforms like Facebook and Twitter had not posted any updates about the outage. An Instagram-owned service like Twitter would be a good place to check, but despite rumors and leaks, it doesn’t exist yet.
Update May 21, 7:20 pm ET: Added comment from Meta spokesperson confirming Instagram outage.
Update May 21, 7:42 pm ET: Updated to note that the outage appears to be over.
Update May 21, 8:59 pm ET: Added Instagram Comms Tweet and Meta statement.