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Instagram Returns After Worldwide Outage

Founded in 2010, Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012

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Facebook-owned photo sharing platform Instagram on Wednesday suffered a global outage as the application and website both were hit by unknown issues for over one billion users.

According to the Down Detector portal, there was a huge spike in complaints on Wednesday afternoon.

The users were greeted with empty profiles and a message that the app “cannot refresh feed”.

Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage. The micro-blogging site was flooded with memes and jokes when the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform went down.

A Twitter user who goes by the name of @FarziCricketer tweeted: “Instagram down.. Insta celebs must be feeling nameless for now.”

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Another @De9011 tweeted: “#instagramdown. Instagram people: Where we should go !! Twitter !! Facebook !!?”

Almost half of the outage reports were related to Instagram’s News Feed not working properly while an additional 30 per cent users complained about log-in issues, according to The Sun.

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18 per cent of users complained that the website was not loading correctly.

Founded in 2010, Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. (IANS)

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Here’s Why Private Instagram Posts Aren’t Private

This is reportedly also applicable to a private Instagram story, which are meant to last for only 24 hours, expires or is deleted

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

A security flaw makes it extremely easy for anybody to view posts of private accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram.

A series of mouse clicks on any web browser can expose the persistent URL of private posts and stories cached on Facebook servers, thus making the private posts of users visible.

The hack — which works on Instagram stories as well — requires only a rudimentary understanding of HTML and a browser. It can be done in a handful of clicks.

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With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow web users to post Stories from the desktop. Pixabay

A user simply inspects the images and videos that are being loaded on the page and then pulls out the source URL. This public URL can then be shared with people who are not logged in to Instagram or do not follow that private user, BuzzFeed News reported.

This is reportedly also applicable to a private Instagram story, which are meant to last for only 24 hours, expires or is deleted.

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Quartz had discovered a similar loophole for private Instagram content in 2015 wherein tests it conducted showed that a photograph posted to Instagram when a user’s account was set to public remained publicly viewable on the web, even if the user’s account was later made private. (IANS)