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Instagram Suffers a Major Outage with Users Around The World

Instagram users vented ire on Twitter where #instagramdown quickly became the number trending topic globally

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

Facebook-owned Instagram suffered a major outage with users around the world reporting that they weren’t able to access the photo sharing platform’s app and website.

The photo-sharing platform was also hit by a massive outage almost 10 days ago that hindered app logins, page refreshes, commenting on posts and uploading content on the platform.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing their Instagram accounts. We’re working quickly to fix the issue. #instagramdown,” Instagram tweeted on Friday.

According to Down Detector, over 38,000 reports (of outage) came in as of 3 p.m. PT which leaped to almost 57,000 reports within the next 40 minutes.

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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

The live outage map showed the issue was reported worldwide from across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The service, now restored, showed “couldn’t refresh feed” message when users tried accessing it.

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“We are now fully recovered and apologise for the disruption! #instagramdown,” the company posted after the services were restored.

Instagram users vented ire on Twitter where #instagramdown quickly became the number trending topic globally. (IANS)

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We are Not Listening Your Private Conversations, Says Instagram Head

Mosseri also said that the company is working on a policy for “deepfakes”

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram is neither listening to your private conversations nor reading your posts, its CEO Adam Mosseri has stressed.

In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, the Instagram chief said several people have this question why do they see ads on Instagram they have not searched for.

“But we don’t look at your messages, we don’t listen in on your microphone, doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons. But I recognize you’re not gonna really believe me,” Mosseri was quoted as saying.

There are two ways that can happen.

“One is dumb luck, which can happen. The second is you might be talking about something because it’s top of mind because you’ve been interacting with that type of content more recently,” he told the “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“It’s top of mind, maybe it’s subconscious and then it bubbles up later. I think this kind of thing happens often in a way that’s really subtle,” he added.

Mosseri also said that the company is working on a policy for “deepfakes”.

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“We are not going to make a one-off decision to take a piece of video down just because it’s of Mark and Mark happens to run this place. That would be really inappropriate and irresponsible,” Mosseri said.

“Deepfakes” are video forgeries that make people appear to be saying things they never did, like the popular forged video of Facebook CEO Zuckerberg that went viral recently. (IANS)