Instagram Back Up After Experiencing Global Outage

The photo-sharing social media app went down Thursday.

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Instagram experienced an outage across the globe, tens of thousands of complaints on Down Detector and Twitter on Thursday showed.

Reports on Down Detector spiked to more than 23,400 at 1:48 p.m. PT after the outage apparently began around 1 p.m., with hundreds of users flocking to Twitter -- which experienced its own outage earlier Thursday -- to complain. 

"We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing Instagram. We're working to get things back to normal and apologize for any inconvenience," a Meta spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement.

Attempting to launch the app on mobile caused it to crash instantly, but the site appeared to be back up and running as of 2:20 p.m. PT.

Instagram parent Meta didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on what caused the outage.