Some users reported that they were not able to access Instagram at all, some reported that the platform was not loading feeds, while others could not make any searches. At times, Instagram's website simply displayed a "5xx server error" message.
With users taking to other social media platforms to complain about the outage, hashtag #instagramdown started trending on Twitter soon after the photo-sharing service went down.
Users first reported the outage at around 230 am, according to Downdetector.com, a site that monitors social media sites for user-reported outage claims. The site registered more than 50,000 outage reports for Instagram within just a few minutes on Friday, Variety reported.
Instagram quite often faces outages due to a wide variety of reasons. Facebook's photo-sharing service reportedly suffered at least two other major outages in this month.