UPDATE: JULY 3, 2019, 6:06 P.M. EST

A Facebook spokeperson shared an official statement with CNN regarding the cause of the issues with its apps including Instagram and WhatsApp. You can read it below.

“During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

A little more than 9 hours since issues were reported this morning, and many users are still experiencing issue with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.



UPDATE: JULY 3, 2019, 2:30 P.M. EST

Facebook has taken to Twitter to update users on the outages.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We're sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #facebookdown”

The platform posted an identical statement on Instagram's Twitter account.

ORIGINAL STORY: JULY 3, 2019, 11:53 A.M. EST

If you’re a regular social media user, then it might feel as if every other week Instagram is down. And you’re not wrong.

Instagram went down twice in June, and now three days into July, the photo-sharing app is experiencing more issues. Parent company Facebook and sister company WhatsApp are also experiencing issues.

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Around 9 a.m. EST, users began expressing issue with Instgram, causing the hashtag #InstagramDown to trend on Twitter–the one app that seems to be working today.

Many users, of course, kept refreshing. But they also reported specifically photo issues occurring across the apps. However, for most, it seems that the mobile apps are working but the desktop services are completely unusable.

Unlike last time when many jokingly believed Taylor Swift’s album announcement caused the spike in issues, there doesn’t seem to be one legitimately traceable cause.





Even artists in the scene started expressing issues with the apps such as Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop.

“Trying to upload something to Instagram and it won’t let me. It’s saying network issue but everything else is running fine and speed check says my WiFi is running as normal. Any ideas?”

DownDetector.com shows Instagram is down mostly in the northeast United States and Western Europe.

instgaram outage map july 3

The site shows similar outages on Facebook, but is more focused on Western Europe.

facebook outage map

Like Facebook, WhatsApp is mostly in Western Europe as well as South America.

whatsapp outage map

Neither Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp have commented on the outages. However, this post will be updated should a statement be released.

More on Instagram

Instagram just took documenting your jam sesh on your story to a whole other level with its’ latest update. The social media platform now allows users to add lyrics to the music in their stories.

To utilize the new function, you must first pick a song from the app’s music library. Then, when you pinpoint the section of the song you want to use your the story, the lyrics will pop up. Then, you can customize the text to look the way you want and add it to your Story.

Instagram has even used Billie Eilish to promote the new feature with her song “my strange addiction.” You can see a video of the ad below.

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