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Instagram and WhatsApp are down around the world right now

Instagram and WhatsApp suddenly went down on Friday at around 1:30 p.m. ET. It is unclear what exactly is causing the problem, but the outage appears to be global, with users of both apps saying that they are unable to log in or send messages. A visit to Instagram.com results in a “5xx Server Error” at the time of writing.

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DownDetector shows a major spike occurring at 1:23 p.m. ET, with nearly 100,000 reports being made in the last few minutes for Instagram, and nearly 25,000 for WhatsApp. Both platforms are now owned and run by Facebook, and although the social media site is still up, Facebook Messenger is also down. A quick scroll through the comments shows people from the United States, India, South Korea, Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong, and more reporting problems.

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Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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