, leaving people looking at grey error messages.

The site and app won’t load – though stories will – leaving people’s feeds filled with old images.

Attempts to refresh the feed itself just leads to the error message, which says that it can’t refresh.

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Old pictures appear to be sticking around – meaning that the app initially will look like it’s working. But it’s not possible to refresh it or to download new images.

Instagram stories appear to be working fine, suggesting that it is a specific problem with the company’s servers.

The app is owned by Facebook and tends to be relatively stable. But it is used by 700 million people – including the world’s biggest media organisations and other companies – meaning that any outage tends to cause ripples across the entire internet.

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