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Instagram down? Thousands of users have reported problems accessing Meta’s photo and video sharing service


Instagram went down for thousands of users globally on Thursday, according to outage tracking website

More than 46,000 users reported problems accessing the photo-sharing platform in the US at the height of the outage, according to Downdetector, which tracks outages by compiling status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform.

Downdetector showed about 2,000 affected users from the UK, and more than 1,000 reports from India and Australia.

Meta did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Last month, the Meta Platforms Oversight Board announced that it would review more types of content moderation cases and speed up some decisions, as it aims to expand its work.

The Oversight Board was created in late 2020 to review Facebook and Instagram’s decisions about removing or leaving out certain content and making decisions about supporting or overturning the social media company’s actions. Since then, the board has published 35 court decisions, a blog post says.

The council, which has 22 members, said it would now start publishing decisions on some issues on an urgent basis. Judgments can be issued as quickly as 48 hours after accepting a case, while others can take up to 30 days.

Standard decisions, in which the oversight board reviews Meta content moderation procedures in depth, can take up to 90 days.

Publishing more resolutions and increasing the pace, the council said in the blog post, “will allow us to address more significant content moderation challenges, and to respond faster to situations with urgent real-world consequences.”

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