Instagram is experiencing a service outage that goes far beyond the usual “page not found” errors.
The company has just announced that this outage is informing millions of users around the world that they have been suspended from the platform. When these users log in, they are informed that “we suspended your account on October 31, 2022.”
Even stranger? These suspensions also appear to have a negative impact on follower counts, which could be attributed to the platform’s forced mass exodus. To demonstrate how serious this is, soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo lost three million followers overnight, and Instagram’s official account lost over a million.
In addition to the false suspensions, many users report that the app has been unexpectedly crashing and experiencing a slew of other usability issues. According to some reports, these issues are primarily affecting iPhone users, but this has yet to be confirmed by an official source.
The social media behemoth is aware of the problem and is working to resolve it. However, the company has not revealed the reason for the suspension or provided a timeline for when suspended users will be welcomed back into the photographic fold. Log in and look for the error message to check the status of your account.
In the meantime, we’ll have to wait until Instagram releases a fix (or two.)