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Instagram crash may require app's reinstallation

The outages mainly hit the US Northeast and have significantly decreased since early Tuesday morning, according to Downdetector.com, which reports on the status of online services.

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Instagram was still down for some on Tuesday morning.

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Refresh, reinstall and cry because the fun of picking between photo filters Lo-Fi and Valencia was at a standstill. That's a pretty apt description of what some Instagram users experienced Monday.

The popular photo-sharing app crashed on Monday night and a handful of users could not even find it in an app store, International Business Times reported. Instagram sent out a tweet, now taken down, that users should reinstall their app to fix the problem. But that didn't always work, according to IBT. The problems persisted overnight and into Tuesday morning with no word from the company on the app's status.

Downdetector.com, which provides real-time updates on services experiencing problems, likewise reported that users had issues with Instagram starting late Monday. The site's outage map placed most of the user complaints in the Northeast. Downdetector's graph of issue reports showed a significant decrease since early Tuesday morning.

The problem was fixed shortly after Instagram tweeted out about the error, a company spokeswoman said.