Instagram down for second time in a week as some Facebook users report issues – Belfast Live

Facebook and Instagram are down for the second time in a week, it has been reported.

A Twitter hashtag #Instagramisdown is already making the rounds on the platform, which on Monday became people’s go-to when all the other main social platforms were down.

According to Downdetector, which monitors the status of some of the most-heavily visited websites in the world, there were 36,000 reports of malfunctioning for Instagram at about 7:30pm UK time.

More than half – 58 per cent – had to do with the app while 23 per cent related to server connection issues.

Taking to their Twitter account, Instagram said they were aware of the issues and were “working as quickly as possible to fix.”

In a tweet, Facebook apologised for the inconvenience. A spokesperson said: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products.

“We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

Facebook and Facebook Messenger also appear to be down for some users as 765 and 954 reports were received by Downdetector respectively.

Up to 60 per cent of the Facebook reports related to issues accessing the website while 24 per cent had to do with the app.

When it comes to WhatsApp, which was also down on Monday, not many users have been reporting issues. However, reports have spiked in the past hour to 141.

The outage on Monday was the largest Downdetector had ever seen and blocked access to apps for billions of users of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Facebook said it was due to “configuration changes on the backbone routers that co-ordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication”.

This had a “cascading effect… bringing our services to a halt”.

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