If you’ve been banned from Instagram for no reason today, then you’re certainly not the only one. Thousands of people have experienced the same issue. Instagram has acknowledged that it is undergoing certain “issues” but hasn’t clarified the specific problems or why they are taking place.
Downdetector is a website that tracks outage reports on popular platforms; it reported an increase in complaints for Instagram at about 9 a.m. EST on the morning of Monday. Instagram users were flocking to Twitter to tell their stories, reporting a number of issues. Many users claimed they attempted to sign in to their accounts and were met with a message stating their account was suspended due to violating the community’s guidelines.
Additionally, some users claim that they received a “user not found” message like their account never existed initially. Some were also capable of successfully logging in; however, they reported seeing their followers’ numbers drop dramatically with no explanation.
It needs to be clarified how many people are affected by the story. The Downdetector reports an increase of at least 7,511 accounts has been affected this time; however, the actual number is probably greater than the figure.
It’s not the first and indeed not the last time Instagram and its parent company Meta, experiences an outage. The previous year, an extended outage affected all of Meta’s platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and effectively erased Meta’s existence off the internet for some hours. So it’s evident that this was okay, but it’s different than how you’d prefer to start your week if you’re an Instagram or Facebook avid user.