Instagram is down for many across the web, but it is back for some

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What you need to know

  • Instagram is down for many people at the moment.
  • Reports of issues began just before 6 AM EST.
  • It's not clear at this time how widespread the outages are.

Update, September 2, 2021 (8:20 am ET) Instagram appears to be up and running again for some people, but is still down for a large portion of users.

Instagram is down to start the day on the east coast of the United States. People attempting to share images of their morning coffee will have to resort to Twitter, Facebook, or other platforms. According to Downdetector, the outages started just before 6 AM ET, which is prime time for posts to start the day.

The outage affects viewing content on Instagram as well as posting it. If you open the app right now, you'll see a message that says "couldn't refresh feed." Attempting to post photos, videos, or other content fails as well. When trying to post anything, you'll see an error message that reads, "Not posted yet. Please try again."

A Facebook spokesperson shared the following statement regarding the outage:

We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing their Instagram. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Meanwhile, people have rushed to the web to get their best jokes in about the Instagram outage. The hashtag "#Instagramdown" is already trending on Twitter.

This is a developing story. We'll update it as more information becomes available.

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