Instagram blamed a “bug” for causing a problem that rendered users around the world unable to access the photo- and video-sharing network Friday.
Users turned to Twitter to complain about being unable to access Instagram, either through the app or desktop.
But the platform later came up and running after a fix.
The outage appeared to have been widespread, touching thousands of users in North America, South America and parts of Europe, according to outage reports tracked by the site DownloadDetector.
A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned Instagram acknowledged the outage, but declined to say how many people were affected.
“This was caused by a bug that was quickly fixed,” said Seine Kim.
Users turned to Twitter to express their frustration — or have a little fun at Instagram’s expense. In a tweet that appears to have been deleted, one person joked, “Millions of people forced to eat lunch without showing the people what they ate.”
This has been a bad week for new media titans.
YouTube TV experienced an outage during a high profile World Cup semifinal match — then offered to make good with its subscribers by offering a free week of service.