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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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WhatsApp Works On New Features

Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups.

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WhatsApp working on linked accounts, vacation mode features

 WhatsApp is reportedly working out on three new features, including linking your account to Instagram, in order to improve its chat and notifications for its over 1.5 billion users.

Apart from Linked Accounts, the two other features under development are: Vacation and Silent Mode, said WABetaInfo, a popular website that tracks WhatsApp, on Wednesday.

“WhatsApp is working right now on a new feature that allows to link your account with external services.

“The feature appears mainly developed for WhatsApp Business, but some references were found in the normal WhatsApp app too,” said the website.The Linked Accounts option will be located under your profile settings.

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WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress, VOA

“Currently, the first supported external service is Instagram. Tapping Instagram, after inserting your credentials, your WhatsApp account will be correctly linked to your Instagram profile,” it added.

Currently, when you archive a chat, WhatsApp automatically unarchives it once a new message is received from that chat.

With the Vacation Mode feature, archived chats won’t be unarchived if you have previously muted them.

The option will be available in Settings and then Notifications.

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WhatsApp is also available on Reliance JioPhone. Pixabay

“The Vacation mode is also useful if you don’t want a specific chat in your Chats List: if you mute and archive it, you will never see it again, except if you view your Archived Chats,” the report said.

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The silent mode feature for Android allows to hide the app badge for muted chats.

“Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups. The feature is already enabled by default,” the report added. (IANS)

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