Instagram DOWN for users as fury over ‘lost followers’ controversy grows

Instagram DOWN for users as fury over ‘lost followers’ controversy grows
11:34 14 Fevral 2019
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INSTAGRAM has stopped working for some users in a mysterious outage.  Hundreds of reports about a potential outage began flooding in at around 2.20pm UK time.
However, the issue isn't affecting all users – and seems to primarily affect the UK and Europe, according to outage tracker DownDetector.
It comes in the same day that users are complaining about an Instagram lost followers bug.
It caused users to haemorrhage followers overnight, with some popular profiles reporting millions of lost accounts.
It's possible that the outage is related to the bug – and may be evidence of Instagram rolling out a fix.
Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage.
One wrote: "Is there a day when @instagram isn't down?"
Another said: "Instagram is down. My phone is not responsible. Thank you Twitter for the relief."
Earlier today, Instagram admitted that a major bug is causing users to lose huge numbers of followers.
One popular Instagrammer Princeton Pereze said: "Anyone else lose hella followers on IG at once? I lost 32k in seconds...Instagram what's up with that."
Another user on Twitter wrote: "Does anyone know why I just lost 200 followers on Instagram?"
Some speculated that Instagram was "purging" fake accounts, as it has done in the past.
These purges remove large numbers of fraudulent profiles – often used to spam messages, or bulk out follower counts – and are in breach of Instagram's rules.
But Instagram has confirmed to The Sun that this issue is not related to a fake account purge.
An Instagram spokesperson told us: "We're aware of an issue causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now.
"We're working quickly to fix this."
According to social media boff Matt Navarra, several major Instagram accounts saw huge losses.
Nike dropped from 84.6million to 83.5million, marking a loss of 1.1million followers.
Katy Perry lost around 900,000 followers, while Selena Gomez is believed to have lost roughly 2.3million users from her follower count.
People began reporting strange follower count losses overnight, and the issue seems to be ongoing.

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